Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the demand for auditory training provision and survey beneficiary experience. Methods: A total of 161 participants (80 hearing professionals and 81 elderly hearing aid users) were surveyed online or in-person. Both groups completed 26 questions related to their experience of providing or receiving auditory training, awareness of need, and preference. Results: The hearing professional group was strongly aware of the need to provide auditory training to improve communication problems in elderly individuals using hearing aids, and the absence of a systematic auditory training program was the biggest factor in not providing auditory training. The elderly hearing aid user group also recognized the need for auditory training to improve communication problems, but they responded that the hassle of visiting a clinic for training and lack of training time were factors that made participation in auditory training difficult. Conclusion: Hearing professionals should expand the scope of aural rehabilitation services to provide effective auditory training programs that fit the concept of rehabilitation, rather than simply providing hearing aid fitting management services to improve communication skills. Therefore, hearing professionals should conduct an intervention program after hearing aid fitting for elderly hearing aid users so that hearing rehabilitation can be comprehensively performed according to auditory and cognitive perceptual changes. In addition, efforts are required to solve limitations that make it difficult for elderly individuals who use hearing aids to participate in auditory training, such as the development of a web-based auditory training program.
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