Hearing Loss and Communication Needs in a Group Care Setting for Older Adults

  • End date
    Jun 30, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Updated on 26 January 2021


The purpose of this study is to develop and test a multicomponent hearing care intervention for the PACE staff members in order to learn more about communication and engagement.


The long-term objective of this proposal is to increase the accessibility and affordability of hearing loss treatment for older adults with hearing loss, with a particular interest in adults that have mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia. Age-related hearing loss (ARHL) in persons with MCI or dementia may exacerbate dementia-related symptoms such as depression, apathy, agitation/aggression. Moreover, engagement and activity participation are recognized as critical aspects of dementia care management, but those individuals who also experience ARHL are at a disadvantage. A pilot testing of behavioral communication intervention will be completed at multiple Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) sites in New England. A multicomponent hearing care intervention will be tested that includes staff training and non-custom personal amplification use with older adults in a group care setting. This feasibility study will lead to the refinement of the intervention protocols to be used in a future grant application that will test the real-world efficacy of the intervention.

Condition Presbycusis
Treatment Virtual Training
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04659967
SponsorUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Last Modified on26 January 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

PACE staff who work in the Day Health Center and are available to attend the training on-site at PACE are eligible for inclusion. All staff are invited to join the training (via Zoom, if necessary), but to complete the research activities, they have to complete the training in-person due to the hands-on component of learning to use the hearing device

Exclusion Criteria

Staff members who cannot attend the (virtual) in-person training
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