“Can’t Get No Benefaction”

Over the past 15 years, we have conducted a series of studies on hearing-aid outcomes in older adults. The initial work was directed at what to measure and when to measure it. There appear to be three main dimensions or domains among the large set hearing-aid outcomes available for older adults. One of these key domains is referred to here as “benefaction”; a combination of self-reported benefit and self-reported satisfaction. Research supporting the existence of this domain and identifying factors influencing outcomes in this domain will be reviewed during this presentation.

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the concept of hearing aid “benefaction”;
2. Describe what the research says regarding typical hearing-aid “benefaction”; and
3. Explain factors underlying variations in hearing-aid benefaction for older adults.