Evidence-based practice in audiology: Rehabilitation options for adults with hearing impairment

Hickson, Louise, Laplante-Levesque, Ariane and Wong, Lena (2013) Evidence-based practice in audiology: Rehabilitation options for adults with hearing impairment. American Journal of Audiology, 22 2: 329-331. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0085)


Author Hickson, Louise
Laplante-Levesque, Ariane
Wong, Lena
Title Evidence-based practice in audiology: Rehabilitation options for adults with hearing impairment
Journal name American Journal of Audiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1059-0889
1558-9137
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0085)
Open Access Status
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 329
End page 331
Total pages 3
Place of publication Rockville, MD, United States
Publisher American Speech - Language - Hearing Association
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 3616 Speech and Hearing
Abstract Purpose: The authors address 3 questions: (a) What is evidence-based practice (EBP), and why is it important for adults with hearing impairment? (b) What is the evidence about intervention options for adults who fail a hearing screening and are identified with hearing impairment? (c) What intervention options do adults choose when identified with hearing impairment for the first time? Method: The 5 steps of the EBP process are discussed in relation to a clinical question about whether hearing aids and communication programs reduce activity limitations and participation restrictions compared with no treatment for adults who fail a hearing screening and are identified with hearing impairment. Results: Systematic reviews of the evidence indicate that both hearing aids and communication programs reduce activity limitations and participation restrictions for this population and are therefore appropriate options. A study is then described in which these options were presented to 153 clients identified with hearing impairment for the first time: 43% chose hearing aids, 18% chose communication programs, and the remaining 39% chose not to take any action. Conclusion: EBP supports the offer of intervention options to adults who fail a hearing screening and are identified with hearing impairment.
Keyword Adult hearing screening
Audiologic rehabilitation
Evidence based practice
Hearing aids
Hearing impairment
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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