The reported study evaluates listening circumstances within long-stay wards in an attempt to understand the nature of the environment and so develop and subsequently evaluate a programme of nursing intervention for hearing-impaired residents. Evidence is presented which indicates that improvement of the residents' listening environment, promotes adaptation to hearing aids and enhances residents' quality of life. It is recommended that attending to the listening environment becomes a concern of nurses working within continuing care facilities for elderly people.
- Hearing impairment
- Listening environment