Journal article

Internet Usage and Loneliness in Older Hearing Aid Wearers

Andrea Simpson, Sandy Clarke, Bojana Sarkic, Judith Bonnie Smullen, Caitlyn Jayne Pereira

CANADIAN JOURNAL OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY | CANADIAN ASSOC SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS & AUDIOLOGISTS | Published : 2018

Abstract

This cross-sectional study examined the relationship between self-reported loneliness and Internet use in hearing aid wearers aged 65 years and over. Sixty-five participants completed the Global Internet Usage and Internet Activities survey (Landers & Lounsbury, 2006) as well as the UCLA Loneliness Scale (Russell, 1996). Results revealed that mean self-reported loneliness was correlated significantly with relationship and self-reported health status. Persons who self-reported they were healthy and in relationships used the Internet more frequently and self-reported to be less lonely than those that were single or with poor health. Results were interpreted to suggest that the hearing aid wear..

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