Stages of change in adults noticing hearing difficulties but not using hearing aids
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Objective: The aim of the current study was to investigate health behaviour change characteristics based on the transtheoretical stages-of-change model in adults noticing hearing difficulties but not using hearing aids using the University of Rhode Island Change Assessment (URICA) scale.
Design: The study employed a cross-sectional design.
Study Sample: The study was conducted in United Kingdom and 90 pre-clinical participants completed URICA as well as measures of self-reported hearing disability, self-reported anxiety and depression, self-reported hearing disability acceptance and also provided some demographic details online.
Results: As predicted, the results indicate that a high percentage of participants (over 90%) were in the contemplation and preparation stages. This was in contrast to a previous study, which included participants attending audiology clinic, where most participants (about 80%) were in the action stage (Laplante-Lévesque et al., 2013). In addition, statistically significant differences were observed in terms of readiness to change composite and committed action composite between the study samples in the current and the previous study.
Conclusions: Study results support the stages-of-change model. In addition, implications of the current study and areas for future research are discussed.
Hearing disability, hearing loss, stages of change, readiness for change, hearing helpseeking, audiological rehabilitation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-95919OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-95919DiVA: diva2:639844