Category: Amplification and Assistive Devices (AAD)
The fitting of hearing aids, especially for new hearing aid users, typically involves post-fitting visits for programming changes and additional counseling. Patients with cognitive impairments have additional challenges, which often also impacts their caregivers. This study sought to determine if hearing aid assisted telecare, including remote programming, would decrease caregiver stress. Results revealed that in most cases, telecare can effectively replace post-fitting visits, and can assist in reducing the burden and stress of the caregiver.