Educational Program for Hearing Aid Users With Internet Support
The purpose of this study is to examine the short-term effects of complementing an educational program for hearing aid users with Internet support.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||A Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Short-term Effects of Complementing an Educational Program for Hearing Aid Users With Internet Support|
- The Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly (HHIE) [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The HHIE measures the experience of hearing loss in older people by focusing on the psychosocial and emotional effects of hearing loss.
- International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids (IOI-HA) [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The IOI-HA measures hearing aid outcomes. This questionnaire includes seven questions, each highlighting a specific dimension of hearing aid outcomes: daily use, benefits, remaining activity limitations, satisfaction, remaining participation restrictions, impact on the environment, and quality of life.
- Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The HADS measures anxiety and depression.
|Study Start Date:||April 2013|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2013|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||June 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: Control group
no professional support
|Behavioral: Intervention group|
Experimental: Intervention group
Professional support via Internet
|Behavioral: Control group|
Audiologic rehabilitation aims to improve communication for people with hearing impairment. Education is widely regarded as an integral part of rehabilitation, but the effect of the delivery method of an educational program on the experience of hearing problems has rarely been investigated in controlled trials. Internet as a complement to audiological rehabilitation has been tested in different studies with promising results. Though, until now not applied clinically as a part of an audiological rehabilitation, focused on hearing aid users with persistent self- reported activity limitation and participation restriction.
The purpose of this study was to examine the short-term effects of complementing an educational program for hearing aid users with Internet support.
Hearing aid users will randomly be assigned to an intervention group or a control group. The intervention group is going to have access to a book and to a prepared compendium about communication strategies via the Internet and will receive weekly topic-based reading instructions related to the different chapters of the book or the compendium. The group will also have access to online and telephone support and access to an online discussion forum where new discussion topics will be posted each week. The project leader will evaluate the weekly data via the Internet. The control group will only have access to the book's content via the Internet and will be asked to read and evaluate the content.
The Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and the International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids will be used to measure the outcomes of this study.
|Contact: Milijana Lundberg, PhD student||+46 703 80 36 email@example.com|
|Hearing Clinic, Hearing and Deafness Organization||Recruiting|
|Borås, Västra Götalandsregion, Sweden, 501 82|
|Contact: Milijana Lundberg, PhD student +46 703 80 3663 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator:||Gerhard Andersson, Professor||Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Technical Audiology, Linköping University, Sweden; Department of Behavioral Sciences and Learning, Swedish Institute.|
|Principal Investigator:||Thomas Lunner, Professor||Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Technical Audiology, Linko¨ping University, Sweden; Oticon A/S, Research Centre Eriksholm, Snekkersten, Denmark.|