The effect of hearing impairment in older people on the spouse

Scarinci, N., Worrall, L. and Hickson, L. (2008) The effect of hearing impairment in older people on the spouse. International Journal of Audiology, 47 3: 141-151. doi:10.1080/14992020701689696

Author Scarinci, N.
Worrall, L.
Hickson, L.
Title The effect of hearing impairment in older people on the spouse
Journal name International Journal of Audiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1499-2027
Publication date 2008-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14992020701689696
Open Access Status
Volume 47
Issue 3
Start page 141
End page 151
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
Abstract The prevalence of hearing impairment (HI) in older people and its detrimental effects on their quality of life and well-being is well known. To date however, there have been few studies investigating the impact on the person's spouse. To investigate this topic, a qualitative study consisting of in-depth interviews was conducted with five female and five male spouses of older people with HI. The aims of the study were: (1) to describe the spouses' experiences of living with someone with a HI; (2) to describe the effect of HI on the couples' communication and relationship; and (3) to identify coping strategies adopted by spouses. An interpretive analysis revealed four themes that described the experience of spouses of older people with HI: (1) the broad ranging effects of the HI on the spouses' everyday lives; (2) the spouses' need to constantly adapt to their partners' HI; (3) the effect of acceptance of the HI on the spouse; and (4) the impact of ageing and retirement. Spouses in this study experienced a wide range of effects as a result of their partners' HI. Implications for audiological rehabilitation are discussed.
Keyword Hearing impairment
Significant others
Psychosocial effects
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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