The HEARS program is a first-in-kind affordable, accessible and community-delivered hearing care intervention uniquely designed for older adults with hearing loss. The program is delivered by community health workers and incorporates education on age-related hearing loss, basic principles of aural rehabilitation and the provision and step-by-step fitting of over-the-counter hearing technology. HEARS is theory-driven and draws upon best practices from audiology, otology, geriatrics and gerontology, as well as a human factors approach to design. The HEARS randomized trial is currently recruiting participants living in subsidized senior housing buildings affiliated with Weinberg Senior Living and Catholic Charities in Baltimore to test the efficacy of the HEARS intervention.
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