OBJECTIVE : To investigate hearing aid owners’ decisions to attend or not to attend an annual hearing aid review (HAR) appointment. To investigate the possible factors associated with appointment attendance, including age, gender, transportation, travel time, and hearing aid outcomes. DESIGN : A prospective cohort study. Potential participants were notified of their annual HAR appointment in the usual process employed by their clinic. Two months later, potential participants were identified as those who had attended and those who had not attended an appointment. STUDY SAMPLE : One hundred and twenty adult hearing aid users ranging in age from 26 to 100 (M = 74, SD = 11) years recruited from a single hearing clinic in Perth, Western Australia. RESULTS : Factors found to be significantly associated with attendance at an annual HAR appointment included hearing aid funding source (government subsidised), participants valuing the importance and benefit of the appointment, and superior hearing aid outcomes. CONCLUSIONS : Within a controlled practice setting, appointment attendance is influenced by some factors modifiable by the clinician, including providing better education about the process and purpose of the HAR appointment. The value of the HAR appointment was emphasised by the positive association between better hearing aid outcomes HAR appointment attendance.
Supplementary material : Survey for participants who ATTENDED an annual review appointment