An investigation of factors that influence help-seeking for hearing impairment in older adults

Meyer, Carly, Hickson, Louise, Lovelock, Karen, Lampert, Michelle and Khan, Asad (2014) An investigation of factors that influence help-seeking for hearing impairment in older adults. International Journal of Audiology, 53 S1: S3-S17. doi:10.3109/14992027.2013.839888


Author Meyer, Carly
Hickson, Louise
Lovelock, Karen
Lampert, Michelle
Khan, Asad
Title An investigation of factors that influence help-seeking for hearing impairment in older adults
Journal name International Journal of Audiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1499-2027
1708-8186
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/14992027.2013.839888
Open Access Status
Volume 53
Issue S1
Start page S3
End page S17
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 3616 Speech and Hearing
1203 Design Practice and Management
3310 Linguistics and Language
Abstract Objective: To examine the influence of audiological and non-audiological factors on help-seeking for hearing impairment (HI) in older adults. Design: A retrospective research design was employed. Participants completed 14 measures, after which two multivariate, multinomial logistic regression models were fitted to the data to determine which factors were associated with consultation for HI and hearing aid uptake. Study sample: Three-hundred-and-seven individuals who were 60 years or older and who presented with a unilateral or bilateral HI participated in the study. Non-hearing aid owners were assigned to a non-consulter group (n = 55) or a consulter group (n = 92); hearing aid owners were assigned to an unsuccessful hearing aid owner group (n = 75) or a successful hearing aid owner group (n = 85). Results: A similar combination of factors was associated with the decisions to consult a health professional about HI and/or to adopt hearing aids. The most important factors related to attitudinal beliefs (e.g. perceived benefits of hearing aids) and external cues to action (e.g. support from significant others). Greater HI also influenced consultation and adoption of hearing aids. Conclusions: Findings highlight the importance of non-audiological factors in hearing rehabilitation to improve consultation for HI and hearing aid adoption.
Keyword Health belief model
Hearing aids
Hearing impairment
Help Seeking
Older adults
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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