Research Letter| Volume 22, ISSUE 6, P1175-1176, June 2021

Providing Hearing Assistance to Low-Income Adults at Risk for Social Isolation: Preliminary Findings

      Hearing loss is associated with social isolation.
      • Shukla A.
      • Harper M.
      • Pedersen E.
      • et al.
      Hearing loss, loneliness, and social isolation: A systematic review.
      We explored the acceptability and potential benefit of providing a personal amplifier (PA; Williams Sound PockeTalker 2.0, Eden Prairie, MN) to older people with hearing loss at risk for social isolation, loneliness, and depression.
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