Information retention and overload in first-time hearing aid users: an interactive multimedia educational solution

The authors sought to assess the effect of an educational intervention based on the concept of reusable learning objects (RLOs), on knowledge of hearing aids and communication in first-time hearing aid users. The authors utilized a randomized controlled trial of hearing aid users, where one arm received the educational intervention and the other arm acted as a control group. RLOs were delivered through DVD for TV and PC, and online. Knowledge of both practical and psychosocial aspects of hearing aids and communication was assessed using a free-recall method at six-weeks post-fitting. Knowledge of both practical and psychosocial knowledge was significantly higher in those who received the RLOs compared to the control group. Moderate to large effect sizes indicated these differences were clinically significant. The authors concluded that an educational intervention to supplement clinical practice results in improved knowledge in first-time hearing aid users.

Ferguson, Melanie, Brandreth, Marian, Brassington, William, and Wharrad, Heather. (2015). Information retention and overload in first-time hearing aid users: an interactive multimedia educational solution. American Journal of Audiology. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0088

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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