Addition of a SUpport PRogramme (SUPR) to usual hearing aid care – Effectiveness in adult hearing aid users ( WC 2015-027)

Background

Starting date: 01/05/2015

Usual hearing health care is mostly restricted to audiologic assessment and hearing aid fitting. There is growing evidence showing that to increase a hearing impaired individual’s communication in daily life, more than hearing aid fitting alone is needed. Training of communication strategies is an example of an intervention that may improve a person’s communication in daily life.

Recently, an (online) audiologic rehabilitation support programme (SUPR) was re-developed in collaboration with hearing care professionals. The support programme follows a holistic approach. Main elements are an instruction book including exercises, frequent contact by email with a hearing expert, training modules covering short films with instructions for daily life situations and testimonials consisting of experiences from other hearing aid users.