Development and evaluation of a hearing aid manual in the Malay language

Wan Nur Hanim Mohd Yusoff, Quar Tian Kar, Foong Yen Chong, Rafidah Mazlan

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Objective: This study aimed to (a) translate a hearing aid (HA) manual into Malay language and revise the translated manual based on best practice guidelines; (b) compare the effectiveness of the translated and the revised Malay HA manuals in helping individuals to perform HA management tasks. Design: Cross-sectional, randomised, single-blinded study. Study sample: An Oticon-Dynamo HA manual was translated and revised based on best practice guidelines. Ninety participants aged 55 years and above participated in this study. They were randomly assigned into the control group (received translated manual) and the experimental group (received the revised translated manual). The Hearing Aid Management (HAM) test, which was developed in a previous study, was conducted to evaluate participant’s ability to perform HA management tasks using the translated and the revised version of Malay HA manual. Results: The revised Malay HA manual had a lower reading grade level relative to the initial translated Malay HA manual. The ability to perform HA management tasks was better in the experimental group (mean = 12.2, SD = 1.15) versus the control group (mean = 8.7, SD = 2.11). Conclusion: Further revision of existing HA manuals based on best practice guidelines is recommended to help individuals better manage their HAs.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019

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Hearing Aids
Language
Practice Guidelines
language
evaluation
best practice
management
Group
Aptitude
ability
Evaluation
Control Groups
school grade
Reading

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • health literacy
  • hearing aid use
  • manufacturer
  • user guide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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