Relationship of readability and suitability of a hearing aid user guide and self-efficacy of hearing aid users : a pilot study
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Audiology
The aim of this study is to investigate whether revising an existing hearing aid user guide is associated with increased Hearing-Aid Self-efficacy of hearing aid users. In Part One, a hearing aid user guide was revised to bring readability and suitability in-line with the recommendations for written healthcare material. In Part Two, participants were provided with either the original guide (OG) or revised guide (RG). Self-efficacy was measured using the Measure of Audiological Rehabilitation Self-efficacy for Hearing Aids (MARS-HA). The participants’ performance on hearing aid management tasks was also measured using a purpose-developed Utility test. There was a statistically significant relationship between user guide version and self-efficacy for both the Basic Handling Subscale (BHS; p = .008, Cohen’s d= .858) and Advanced Handling Subscale (AHS; p = .045, Cohen’s d= .722) scales of the MARS-HA. There was also a significant relationship between user guide version and Utility test score (p = .001, Cohen’s d= 1.26). These results are encouraging as they indicate that there is scope to influence self-efficacy through the use of appropriate hearing aid user guides.