Seeking Older Adults with Long-Term Hearing-Loss Or Deafness

Woman being fitted with hearing aidAs a part of the RERC TechSAge (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities), funded by the U.S. government, we are conducting an interview study that explores the everyday activities and challenges of older adults who are late-deafened.

The study consists of two parts: 1) questionnaires (30-45 minutes) and 2) an interview (1 hour to 1.5 hours). You can complete the interview remotely via phone call or video call. Participants will be compensated $45 in Amazon e-codes.

Participants in this study must:

  • Be between the ages of 60-80
  • Have a diagnosis hearing loss in both ears by a medical professional for at least 10 years that meets the following criteria:
    • Occurred after development of speech and language
    • Severe OR Profound (>70 decibels)
      • Severe: Without amplification (e.g., hearing aid or cochlear implant), you hear no speech when a person is talking at a normal level and hear some loud sounds.
      • Profound: Without amplification (e.g., hearing aid or cochlear implant), you do not hear any speech and hear only very loud sounds.
    • Have serious difficulty hearing (even with the use of a hearing aid)
    • Have hearing difficulties that affects your communication and daily activities
  • Be able to communicate in spoken English via phone or Zoom video (with captions)
  • Live in the United States

If you are interested in participating, contact:

Megan Bayles, M.S.
Phone: (217) 265-0150 (voice call)