Retirement Community Hearing Care Services


HappyElderlyCouple.jpg Manan Hearing Care is the largest provider of hearing care services directly to the residents of quality retirement communities within our market areas. Our staff of Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists have been especially trained to the sensitive needs of retirement age individuals. Hearing testing, fitting, and repair services can be accomplished on-site and in the comfort of the residents own home/apartment. Services can be coordinated with family members and community staff.
Whether you are totally independent, living in your own home or in an assisted living situation, Manan Hearing Care can be the answer to quality, affordable and reliable hearing healthcare.

  • FREE pickup and delivery for hearing aid repairs (any brand).
  • FREE hearing testing.

Call us at 1-800-416-2434 for more information or to schedule services.


Below is a research study of the need for hearing aid use in retirement communities and nursing homes.  This study clearly indicates the need for professional hearing aid care among these communities.

Hearing Aid Use in Retirement Communities & Nursing Homes
Part 1: Prevalence Rates of Hearing Impairment and Hearing Aid Use
Cohen-Mansfield, PhD, ABPP, & Judith W. Taylor, PhD
The Research Institute on Aging, Rockville, Maryland 20852, USA.

Although hearing impairment is among the most common chronic ailments of older persons, the problem is even greater among those in retirement communities and nursing homes. It is estimated that 70% to 90% of elderly residents in retirement communities have some degree of hearing impairment. Despite this high prevalence, significant under use of hearing aids or other assistive devices exist, especially among those with dementia.

Objectives:

The current study assessed rates of hearing impairment and hearing aid use among residents in a large, mid-Atlantic retirement community.

Setting and Design:

In a cross-sectional survey, interviews were conducted at a large, mid-Atlantic nonprofit retirement community.

Participants:  

Reports were obtained from 279 residents and 51 staff members, as well as from the Minimum Data Set (MDS) and research assistants performing the structured interviews.

Measurements: 

Measures included the MDS and the Barriers to Hearing Aid Use Questionnaire, which was developed for this study.

Results:

Results show an inconsistency in reports of both hearing impairment and hearing aid use by multiple sources, as well as the under use of hearing aids. These inconsistencies suggest that gross hearing impairment is undetected in clinical practice in over half of the residents.

Conclusion:

The findings highlight the need for regular hearing assessments in retirement community and nursing home population. They also suggest the need for evaluation of institutional-level policies regarding screening and hearing aid management, as well as the need for further information regarding potential barriers to effective hearing aid use. These issues are addressed in part 2 of this study following this report.



Hearing Aid Use In Retirement Communities & Nursing Homes
Part 2: Barriers to effective utilization of hearing AIDS.

Objective:

This study examined barriers to hearing aid use among persons who were reported to have a hearing aid and among those reported to have hearing difficulties but no hearing aids.

Setting:

Interviews were conducted at a large, mid-Atlantic nonprofit retirement community and nursing home.

Participants:

Both residents (279) and staff members (51) were interviewed.

Design & Measurements:

In a cross-sectional survey of residents, trained research assistants performed brief structured interviews with both residents and staff to obtain information regarding residents' hearing ability, hearing aid use, daily maintenance, and potential barriers to such use.

 
Results:

Among residents reported to have hearing problems but who did not use a hearing aid, the major problem was neglect of the issue; participants did not know why residents did not have a hearing aid, residents had not had hearing evaluations, and staff members were not aware of hearing problems in residents. Among residents who did use a hearing aid, the majority (69%) of those for whom information was available had problems with the devices. The most common problems reported were that the device was hard or inconvenient to use, it did not fit well or hurt, and the device was not functioning well. The vast majority (86%) needed help taking care of the hearing aids. Close to half of the staff members had not received any training in the use or maintenance of the devices. Lack of delegation of responsibility for the management of hearing was identified for 29%, and relatives were used for maintenance of hearing aids in 14% of residents with hearing aids.

Conclusions:

Barriers to hearing aid use are therefore complex and multifactorial, involving lack of system commitment to utilization of hearing aids, lack of knowledge by staff members, inappropriate delegation and care procedures, hearing aid design and fit issues, and difficulties for residents in handling the hearing aids. Addressing these issues requires change on multiple levels, including change at the institutional level, concerning policy and training; change at the unit level, regarding care procedures and follow up; change at the individual level, providing better checks of fit and function of the hearing aids; and finally, change at the societal level, addressing design and cost issues for hearing aids in this population.


Administrators, healthcare cooridinators, and activity directors of retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes are encouraged to contact Manan Hearing Care at (765) 522-1774 for more information or to arrange hearing care services for residents.