Purpose: This study investigates the social support in both elderly who wear hearing aids and elderly who do not report any hearing loss. Methods: The study subjects were 48 seniors age 65 or older who wore hearing aids and 48 seniors who did not wear hearing aids. A Lubben social network scales survey was conducted. The Korean Version of International Outcome Inventory for Hearing Aids, Puretone Audiometry, and Word Recognition Score tests were carried out on the elderly who were wearing hearing aids. Results: A statistical analysis represented that the total social support scores were not significantly different between the two groups. Of all the social support factors, social network was statistically significant between the groups (p < 0.05), but social support was not statistically significant. The correlation between social support and the degree of hearing loss was not statistically significant. Further, there were no significant relationships found for the social support of older adults’ wearing hearing aids and satisfaction with hearing overall, and the level of social support. Conclusion: The results of the study indicated that users hearing aid users have a smaller social network than those who do not wear hearing aids. However, this result can be interpreted as an independent factor regarding satisfaction with hearing aid use and the degree of hearing. As a follow-up study, it will be necessary to proceed to study the diversity of the background factors for those elderly who do have hearing loss.
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