Familiarity with hearing assistance technology
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Using hearing assistance technologies (HAT) can increase quality of life and increase the ability to live independently for those with hearing loss. However, past research indicated only a small number of people use HAT. The purpose of this study was to identify: a) how familiar people are with HAT, b) how useful they believe HAT are for them, and c) how useful HAT are for people with hearing loss. Additionally, the study identified how much money people expected each device to cost and how much money they were willing to pay for each device. The study consisted of a questionnaire containing pictures and a short description of 20 different HAT. Respondents were 50 audiology patients from three different audiology practices in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Results of the study indicated people are not familiar with most HAT; however respondents indicated HAT would be useful for other people with hearing loss.