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Our Research: Hearing Health

Optimising outcomes

We know it’s not just treatment that plays a role in outcome. What can we learn about patients’ journeys before, during and after hearing health treatment that will achieve the best outcomes?

In the past, hearing health research has focused on treating physical impairment, but we now know that access, uptake and adherence are major barriers to enhancing quality of life. There is a real need to develop an evidence base to improve patient experience that is responsive to diversity but also innovative and cost-effective.

We will address these issues by:

  • Using the behaviour change wheel, a health psychology framework, to design and trial interventions to improve uptake, acceptance and adherence to hearing devices
  • Developing a set of core outcomes to measure effectiveness of paediatric auditory devices and treatments based on qualitative interviews with parents and clinicians
  • Evaluating the use of British Sign Language in clinical settings, learning from experiences of patients and practitioners to improve services for all