Peer Perceptions of Geriatrics Wearing Hearing Aids This study investigated whether geriatric observers having varying amounts of experience with hearing aid users formed different initial impressions of their peers who were shown in three conditions of hearing aid use, and whether the size of the aid affected their ratings. Stimuli consisted of 36 photographic slides, three each ... Reports
Reports  |   November 01, 1982
Peer Perceptions of Geriatrics Wearing Hearing Aids
 
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Reports   |   November 01, 1982
Peer Perceptions of Geriatrics Wearing Hearing Aids
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1982, Vol. 47, 433-438. doi:10.1044/jshd.4704.433
History: Received February 23, 1981 , Accepted October 1, 1981
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, November 1982, Vol. 47, 433-438. doi:10.1044/jshd.4704.433
History: Received February 23, 1981; Accepted October 1, 1981

This study investigated whether geriatric observers having varying amounts of experience with hearing aid users formed different initial impressions of their peers who were shown in three conditions of hearing aid use, and whether the size of the aid affected their ratings. Stimuli consisted of 36 photographic slides, three each of six men and six women shown wearing: (a) a body type hearing aid, (b) a post-auricular type aid, and (c) no aid. The stimuli were presented to 72 geriatric observers drawn from three groups: (a) 24 with no prior hearing aid experience, (b) 24 having some experience with a spouse, family member, or close friend who wore an aid, and (c) 24 who were hearing aid users. The observers rated the 12 geriatrics on a 16-item semantic differential. Factor analysis of the ratings resulted in three factors: achievement, personality, and appearance. Analyses of variance revealed that none of the three observer groups rated the geriatrics lower on any of the three factors when they were shown wearing hearing aids. These findings that these peer observers did not perceive a "hearing aid effect" for the geriatric hearing aid wearers.

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