Family member involvement in audiology appointments with older people with hearing impairment

Ekberg, Katie, Meyer, Carly, Scarinci, Nerina, Grenness, Caitlin and Hickson, Louise (2015) Family member involvement in audiology appointments with older people with hearing impairment. International Journal of Audiology, 54 2: 70-76. doi:10.3109/14992027.2014.948218

Author Ekberg, Katie
Meyer, Carly
Scarinci, Nerina
Grenness, Caitlin
Hickson, Louise
Title Family member involvement in audiology appointments with older people with hearing impairment
Journal name International Journal of Audiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1708-8186
Publication date 2015-02-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/14992027.2014.948218
Open Access Status
Volume 54
Issue 2
Start page 70
End page 76
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: This study aimed to investigate family members’ involvement in audiology rehabilitation appointments.

Design: Audiology appointments were video-recorded and analysed using quantitative coding and conversation analysis (CA).

Study sample: The study sample included 13 audiologists, 17 older adults with hearing impairment, and 17 family members.

Results: Initial coding showed that family members participated in 12% of the total talk time during audiology appointments. The CA results demonstrated that family members were not typically invited to join the conversation. However, family members would self-select to speak by: (1) responding to questions from the audiologist which were directed at the client; (2) self-initiating expansions on clients’ turns; and (3) self-initiating questions. When family members did participate in the interaction, audiologists typically responded by shifting the conversation back to the client.

Conclusion: While family members currently have minimal participation in audiology appointments, they display a strong interest in being involved and sharing their experiences of the client's hearing impairment. The findings suggest support for implementing family-centred care principles in audiology practice.
Keyword Hearing impairment
Family members
Family-centred care
Third-party disability
Conversation analysis
Hearing rehabilitation
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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