Research Evidence

There is a growing body of research showing the benefits of group aural rehabilitation for people with hearing loss including improved relaxation and psychological well-being. Group aural rehabilitation is also advantageous for hearing care professionals; research shows that group aural rehabilitation participants returned fewer hearing aids and were more satisfied with their hearing aids.

Effectiveness of group aural rehabilitation

Ross, M. (1997). A Retrospective Look at the Future of Aural Rehabilitation. Journal of the Academy of Rehabilitative , 30, 11-28. Audiology

Hawkins, D. (2005). Effectiveness of counseling-based adult group aural rehabilitation programs: A systematic review of the evidence. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 16(7), 485-493

Oestreich, K. (2018). Adult Group Aurah Rehabilitation: Implenting a Successful Program. Audiology Today. Vol 30 No 6.

Improved hearing and communication

Abrams, H. B., Hnath-Chisolm, T., Guerreiro, S. M., & Ritterman, S. I. (1992). The effects of intervention strategy on self-perception of hearing handicap. Ear and Hearing, 13, 371-377.

Beynon, G. J., Thornton, F. L., & Poole, C. (1997). A Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Efficacy of a Communication Course for First Time Hearing Aid Users. British Journal of Audiology, 31, 345-351.

Chisolm, T. H., Abrams, H. B., & McArdle, R. (2004). Short- and Long-Term Outcomes of Adult Audiological Rehabilitation. Ear and Hearing, 25, 464-477.

Improved client satisfaction

Dillon, H., James, A., and Ginis, J. Client Oriented Scale of Improvement (COSI) and its relationship to several other measures of benefit and satisfaction provided by hearing aids. J Am Acad Audiol 8 (1):27-43, 1997.

Norman, M., George, C. R., Downie, A., and Milligan, J. (1995). Evaluation of a Communication Course for New Hearing Aid Users. Scandinavian Audiology, 24, 63-69.

Northern, J. L., and Beyer, C. M. (1999). Reducing hearing aid returns through patient education. Audiology Today, 11(2) 315-326.

Improved mental health of clients

Abrams, H. B., Chisolm, T. H., and McArdle, R. (2002). A cost-utility analysis of adult group audiologic rehabilitation: are the benefits worth the cost? Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 39, 549-558.

Andersson, G., Melin, L., Lindberg, P., and Scott, B. (1995). Development of a short scale for self-assessment of experiences of hearing loss. The hearing coping assessment. Scandinavian Audiology, 24, 147-154.

Hickson, L., Worrall, L., and Scarinci, N. (2007). A randomized controlled trial evaluating the active communication education program for older people with hearing impairment. Ear and Hearing, 28, 212-230.

Heydebrand, G., Mauze, E., Tye-Murray, N., Binzer, S., and Skinner, M. (2005). The efficacy of a structured group therapy intervention in improving communication and coping skills for adult cochlear implant recipients. International Journal of Audiology, 44(5), 272-280.