Experience of helmet usage among hearing aid users: a cross sectional study

Authors

  • Pradeep Yuvaraj Department of Speech Pathology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Sinu E. Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Keerthana Parambath Department of Speech Pathology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Rahina Abubacker Department of Speech Pathology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
  • Aravind K. Rajasekaran Department of Speech Pathology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20231792

Keywords:

Hearing aids, Helmets, Driving, Public health, Road safety

Abstract

Background: In India, persons with hearing impairment who benefit from hearing aids can acquire a driving license.  The law mandates helmet use while driving two-wheelers. Using a hearing aid with a helmet on may be a challenge, but it is paramount to understand the difficulties the hearing aid users face.

Methods: A cross-sectional research design was used to study the experience of hearing aid users who ride two-wheelers. A checklist was developed and administered to 15 individuals with hearing impairment who ride two-wheelers. The checklist had 11 questions under three domains; 'helmet related,' 'comfort related', and 'driving/ listening related.  The study was carried out in and around Bangalore. The data was collected through the interview method.

Results: The subjects reported difficulties in the comfort-related and driving/listening-related domains. Many participants felt the need to modify the helmet design to suit hearing aid users. They also felt a need for a special program for driving mode in the hearing aids.

Conclusions: Hearing-impaired two-wheeler riders face problems in localization, fear of hearing aid falling, and sweating using hearing aids while driving.  It affects them on two fronts.  One, it may pose a risk to others or the hearing impaired themselves on the road. Second, avoiding riding two-wheelers may limit their rights and mobility.

 

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Published

2023-06-20

How to Cite

Yuvaraj, P., E., S., Parambath, K., Abubacker, R., & Rajasekaran, A. K. (2023). Experience of helmet usage among hearing aid users: a cross sectional study. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 10(7), 2403–2407. https://doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20231792

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