Communication partners’ journey through their partner’s hearing impairment
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Otolaryngology, ISSN 1687-9201, E-ISSN 1687-921X, Vol. 2013, no 707910, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The objective of the study was to further the Ida Institute model on communication partner’s (CPs) journey through experiences of person with hearing impairment (PHI), based on the perspectives of CPs. Qualitative approach using thematic analysis and process mapping. Nine CPs of hearing aid users participated in the study, recruited through the Swansea hearing impaired support group. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and the data were used to develop a CP journey template. The Ida Institute model (based on professionals’ perspective) was compared with the new template developed (based on CPs perspectives). Seven main phases were identified which include: (1) contemplation; (2) awareness; (3) persuasion; (4) validation; (5) rehabilitation; (6) adaptation; and (7) resolution. The results suggest some commonalities and differences between the views of professionals and CPs. A new phase ‘adaptation’ was identified from CPs’ reported experiences, which was not identified by professionals in the Ida Institute model. The CP journey model could be a useful tool during audiological enablement/rehabilitation sessions to promote discussion between the PHI and the CP. In addition, it can be used in the training of hearing healthcare professionals.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2013. Vol. 2013, no 707910, 1-11 p.
Patient journey, Communication partners, significant others, hearing impairment, hearing loss
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87633DOI: 10.1155/2013/707910OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87633DiVA: diva2:589858