Determinants of Department of Veterans Affairs Hearing Aid Brand Dispensing by Individual Audiologists
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) audiologists were surveyed regarding their perceptions and evaluations of hearing aid (HA) brands on seven factors previously published in peer-reviewed research as important to the HA brand preference decision of audiologists. One of the seven factors formed a distinct dimension of brand differentiation based on Contract Pricing (dimension 1). Brand perceptions for the other six factors were highly correlated with one another; this dimension of correlated perceptions was labeled Propensity to Dispense Based on a Gestalt Percept (dimension 2). That is, a direct relation exists between the collective perception of HA brand and its likelihood of being dispensed. These two dimensions accounted for 93.1% of the variance in the perceived differences among the HA brands surveyed. Joint-space mapping was used to model the effect of altering perceptions on VA HA brand dispensing. Results indicate that few VA audiologists (7.7%) dispense HA brands in majority association with contract pricing. Instead, the vast majority (77%) form brand preferences in majority association with their individualized perceptions.
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Johnson, Earl E.. 2011. Determinants of Department of Veterans Affairs Hearing Aid Brand Dispensing by Individual Audiologists. The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. Vol.48(7). 865-880. https://doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2010.04.0077 ISSN: 0748-7711