Enablers and barriers to hearing aid use in people living with dementia

Hooper, Emma ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4059-6035 , Brown, Laura ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5251-4615 , Cross, Hannah ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9153-1135 , Dawes, Piers, Leroi, Iracema ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1822-3643 and Armitage, Christopher (2024) Enablers and barriers to hearing aid use in people living with dementia. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 43 (7). pp. 978-989.

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Hearing loss is highly prevalent in dementia; however, people with dementia are less likely to use hearing aids consistently than people with intact cognition are. This qualitative study is the first of its kind to explore factors that influence hearing aid use from the perspective of community-living people with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners. Eleven UK-based dyads from the European SENSE-Cog Randomized Controlled Trial of a sensory intervention for people with dementia completed semi-structured interviews based on the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF). Our findings suggest that the TDF domains environmental context and resources, behavioral regulation, reinforcement, and social influences are of greatest relevance to hearing aid use in dementia. Within these domains, we identified a range of factors that may influence the target behavior of hearing aid use. The findings suggest that adoption of multifaceted, flexible intervention approaches may support hearing aid use in dementia.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Applied Gerontology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1552-4523
Departments: Institute of Health > Rehabilitation and Sport Science
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
SWORD Depositor: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2024 08:43
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 15:00
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7533


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