This study’s objective was to develop and test a smartphone app that supports learning and using coping skills for managing tinnitus | International Journal of Audiology
Design: The app’s content was based on coping skills that are taught as a part of progressive tinnitus management (PTM). The study involved three phases: (1) develop a prototype app and conduct usability testing; (2) conduct two focus groups to obtain initial feedback from individuals representing potential users; and (3) conduct a field study to evaluate the app, with three successive groups of participants.
Results: In both the focus groups and field studies, participants responded favourably to the content. Certain features, however, were deemed too complex.
Conclusion: Completion of this project resulted in the development and testing of the delivery of PTM coping skills via a smartphone app. This new approach has the potential to improve access to coping skills for those with bothersome tinnitus.
Full reference: Henry, J.A. et al. (2017) Development and field testing of a smartphone “App” for tinnitus management. International Journal of Audiology.
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