Research Evidence

There is a growing body of research showing the benefits of Group AR for persons with hearing loss and their communication partners. Benefits for persons with hearing loss include improved relaxation and improved psychological well-being.

Conducting a Group AR program at your clinic also makes sense from a financial perspective. Research shows that Group AR participants returned fewer hearing aids and were more satisfied with their hearing aids. Offering Group AR programs at your clinic could be considered another way to provide exceptional services in your community. 

Reduced Hearing Handicap

Reduced Hearing Handicap

New hearing aid users experience a reduced "hearing handicap" when participating in Group AR, when compared to those that do not participate in Group AR

Fewer Returned Hearing Aids

Fewer Returned Hearing Aids

Group AR participation resulted in fewer returned hearing aids compared to new hearing aid users who did not attend Group AR sessions

Improved Quality of Life

Improved Quality of Life

New hearing aid users who participated in Group AR programs exhibited improved outcomes on the "mental component healthscale" of a health related quality of life measure

Communication Strategy Usage

Communication Strategy Usage

Participants of Group AR showed improved communication strategy usage compared to individuals who received new hearing aids, but did not participate in Group AR

Improved Relaxation

Improved Relaxation

Experienced hearing aid users exhibited improved relaxation and improved daily ratings of hearing aid satisfaction.

Emotional Well-Being

Emotional Well-Being

Group AR participation resulted in improvements on measures of assertiveness, emotional well-being and coping behaviors

Psychological Well-Being

Psychological Well-Being

Participation in Group AR programs resulted in improvements on quality of life and psychological well-being scales

Hearing Aid Satisfaction

Hearing Aid Satisfaction

Improved daily ratings of hearing aid satisfaction in new hearing aid users