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Capstone Project

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PSAP, personal sound amplification product, outcome measurement, hearing aids


Speech Pathology and Audiology


Personal sound amplifiers (PSAPs) provide accessible and affordable healthcare to hearing impaired individuals that would otherwise not seek treatment. Like a self-fitting hearing aid, PSAPs do not involve an audiology service. The current pilot study investigated the impact different levels of instruction have on the effectiveness of using a personal sound amplifier product for four participants with mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss. Basic written instruction and premium audiology services were utilized to teach participants how to use the device. Preliminary data suggested that the acquired knowledge, skills, and outcomes of using the PSAPs were similar between two levels of services after 6 weeks of use.