Benefit of Using Telecare for Dementia Patients with Hearing Loss and Their Caregivers
Lindsey Jorgensen, PhD; Taylor Van Gerpen; Thomas Powers, PhD; Dirk Apel
A large portion of individuals with dementia also have hearing loss. When these patients are fitted with hearing aids for the first time, the use and operation of the instruments can be a struggle, and the struggle often carries over to their caregivers. This research found that the use of teleaudiology via Signia TeleCare for these new hearing aid users increased awareness, improved benefit for several different communication settings, and reduced associated stress for the caregivers.