Date of Award

Summer 2011

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

Department

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Advisor(s)

Brenda M. Ryals

Dan C. Halling

Ayasakanta Rout

Abstract

The main purposes of this study were to examine whether or not there was a difference in knowledge acquisition as a function of training method (these included: face-to-face session, DVD, and pamphlet); to determine which information included in hearing aid orientation was commonly known prior to training and which showed the most learning after training; and to evaluate which training method is the most popular among participants. A sample of 65 young college students with no prior hearing aid experience completed a pre- and post-multiple-choice test of hearing aid knowledge and gave their opinion of the hearing aid orientation immediately following training. Regardless of training method, on average, participants correctly answered 87.62% of questions immediately following training, thus improving their knowledge of hearing aids after their orientation session by 16.85%. The face-to-face training method resulted in significantly more improvement in pre- and post-test scores than either of the other training methods. Learning in all of the categorical aspects of hearing aid information (e.g. troubleshooting, manual controls and acoustical feedback), improved after training; however, the category “batteries” showed the most improvement. Overall, participants agreed that each method of orientation was beneficial, but the face-to-face condition received the most consistently beneficial ratings. While hearing aid orientation, no matter how it was presented, resulted in increased knowledge to participants, face-to-face hearing aid orientation yielded the greatest amount of information learned. In addition, it was found that some aspects of hearing aids (e.g. trial period and cleaning and care) were commonly known; meaning that less time should be spent teaching this material during the hearing aid orientation so that more time can be used to focus on information that is less known such as hearing aid physical properties and acoustical feedback. Participants decided that the most beneficial hearing aid orientation was the face-to-face condition, which is currently the most widely used teaching method.

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