Hearing help-seeking and rehabilitation: Perspectives of adults with hearing impairment

Laplante-Levesque, Ariane, Knudsen, Line V., Preminger, Jill E., Jones, Lesley, Nielsen, Claus, Oberg, Marie, Lunner, Thomas, Hickson, Louise, Naylor, Graham and Kramer, Sophia E. (2012) Hearing help-seeking and rehabilitation: Perspectives of adults with hearing impairment. International Journal of Audiology, 51 2: 93-102. doi:10.3109/14992027.2011.606284

Author Laplante-Levesque, Ariane
Knudsen, Line V.
Preminger, Jill E.
Jones, Lesley
Nielsen, Claus
Oberg, Marie
Lunner, Thomas
Hickson, Louise
Naylor, Graham
Kramer, Sophia E.
Title Hearing help-seeking and rehabilitation: Perspectives of adults with hearing impairment
Journal name International Journal of Audiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1499-2027
Publication date 2012-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/14992027.2011.606284
Volume 51
Issue 2
Start page 93
End page 102
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: This study investigated the perspectives of adults with hearing impairment on hearing help-seeking and rehabilitation. Design: Individual semi-structured interviews were completed. Study sample: In total, 34 adults with hearing impairment in four countries (Australia, Denmark, UK, and USA) participated. Participants had a range of experience with hearing help-seeking and rehabilitation, from never having sought help to being satisfied hearing-aid users. Results: Qualitative content analysis identified four main categories (‘perceiving my hearing impairment’, ‘seeking hearing help’, ‘using my hearing aids’, and ‘perspectives and knowledge’) and, at the next level, 25 categories. This article reports on the densest categories: they are described, exemplified with interview quotes, and discussed. Conclusions: People largely described hearing help-seeking and rehabilitation in the context of their daily lives. Adults with hearing impairment rarely described clinical encounters towards hearing help-seeking and rehabilitation as a connected process. They portrayed interactions with clinicians as isolated events rather than chronologically-ordered steps relating to a common goal. Clinical implications of the findings are discussed.
Keyword Hearing impairment
Hearing help-seeking
Audiologic rehabilitation
Hearing aids
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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