Hörgeräteversorgung im ErwachsenenalterHearing aid provision in adults

Hearing aid provision in adults


In Germany, about 14 million people suffer from hearing problems. Especially older persons frequently exhibit hearing loss and communication problems as a consequence. Despite the large progress in hearing technology within the last decade, hearing aid provision is quantitatively insufficient, since many who might benefit from hearing instruments do not use these.


The focus of our research is the identification of key factors relevant to hearing aid provision. We aim at determining mechanisms that either support or hamper hearing aid uptake as well as at describing models that allow for a prediction of hearing aid use. It is assumed that a deeper understanding of the effects relevant to hearing aid usage will help to improve hearing aid provision and rehabilitation services in general.


With respect to the latter, not only technological issues, but also educational aspects, are relevant. For example, counselling and auditory training might help to support hearing aid use. Another approach is cognitive training, since we know that cognitive capacity, speech understanding and hearing technology are linked a specific training of working memory or attention might be beneficial. 



Selected publications:


Meister H, Grugel L, Meis M. Intention to use hearing aids: a survey based on
the theory of planned behavior. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2014 Sep 17;8:1265-75.

Ortmann M, Kessler J, Kaul T, Arehart KH, Meister H. Cognitive training to improve

speech understanding in complex communication environments

- a framework and methodological aspects. HEAL Conference 6/2014

Meister H, Grugel L, Walger M, von Wedel H, Meis M. Utility and importance of
hearing-aid features assessed by hearing-aid acousticians. Trends Amplif. 2010


Meister H, Walger M, Brehmer D, von Wedel UC, von Wedel H. The relationship
between pre-fitting expectations and willingness to use hearing aids. Int J
Audiol. 2008 Apr;47(4):153-9.


Meister H, von Wedel H. Demands on hearing aid features--special signal
processing for elderly users? Int J Audiol. 2003 Jul;42 Suppl 2:2S58-62.

Meister H, Lausberg I, Kiessling J, von Wedel H, Walger M. Modeling
relationships between various domains of hearing aid provision. Audiol Neurootol.2003 May-Jun;8(3):153-65.


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