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I'm Not That Old: How Attitudes Towards Loss of Hearing Affect Adoption

Abstract It is well understood that many people who experience hearing loss do not realize the extent of their loss and often do not seek help. This resistance to intervention puts them at risk of social isolation, depression and even serious neurological issues such as dementia.

This research explores first, the attitudes that people have toward hearing loss and how these attitudes affect the adoption of products and services that could help them. This may not seem like a design question, but it is paramount to designers who seek to improve the quality of life for this population. It is no longer enough to create beautiful, functional products. In order to make a difference in people’s lives, designers need to understand the underlying motivation... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Savage Tongay, Noone (Author) / Sanft, Alfred (Advisor) / Peña, Lisa (Advisor) / Waldron, Kathleen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Design / Aging / Assistive Devices / Attitudes / Design / Hearing Loss
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 70 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Design 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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