Individual Differences in Hearing Aid Outcomes for Older Adults

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. This work will be reviewed briefly in the beginning of this presentation. We will then turn to more recent interests in individual differences in outcome among older adults and the identification of factors that underlie these individual differences.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify and explain the “dimensions” of hearing aid outcome for measures obtained from older adults;
2. Explain the “individual differences” approach to research; and
3. Evaluate recent research with regard to the identification of factors underlying individual differences in outcome for older adults.