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This study, carried out in the UK during the first half of 2000, was part of a dissertation submitted by Lynda Smith in part fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of M. Sc. in the Faculty of Education, Department of Audiology, University of Manchester.

It  investigated some of the attitudes of hearing impaired children and their parents to the use of brightly coloured (colored) post aural hearing aids.


Questionnaires were sent to families whose children attend either mainstream school, hearing impaired units or other special schools.


Results indicated an overwhelming desire among the children for the coloured (colored) hearing aids with the parents being only marginally less in favour. Concern, however, was expressed, especially by parents, about the possible reaction of peers and the wider society to the obviousness of the aids.