Evidence-based practice in audiology: rehabilitation options for adults with hearing impairment
2013 (English)In: American Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1059-0889, E-ISSN 1558-9137, Vol. 22, 329-331 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Three questions are addressed: 1) What is Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and why is it important for adults with hearing impairment? 2) What is the evidence about intervention options for adults who fail a hearing screening and are identified with hearing impairment? 3) What intervention options do adults choose when identified with hearing impairment for the first time?
The five 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 to no treatment for adults who fail a hearing screening and are identified with hearing impairment.
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.
EBP supports the offer of intervention options to adults who fail a hearing screening and are identified with hearing impairment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2013. Vol. 22, 329-331 p.
evidence-based practice, adult hearing screening, hearing impairment, hearing aids, audiologic rehabilitation
Other Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104553DOI: 10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0085)PubMedID: 23975125OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-104553DiVA: diva2:697444