Being part of the labor market: conceptions among employees with aided hearing impairment
2014 (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
The aim of the present study was to explore the conceptions of working life among employees with mild-moderate aided hearing impairment (HI). This study has a descriptive design, in which data was collected by means of semi-structured interviews. Fifteen participants agreed to participate. All interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. The text was analyzed in accordance to the phenomenographic approach. The analysis resulted in four main categories describing the participants’ conceptions of working life: 1) difficulties in daily work, 2) impact on daily life, 3) communication strategies and 4) adjustments in work environment. The four identified descriptive categories show that the effects of HI on the lives of working adults generate far-reaching psychosocial consequences for the individual. This study demonstrates that difficulties and impact of having a HI interact with strategies used by the individual and contextual adjustments made in the work environment. We therefore argue that there is need for extensive services in aural rehabilitation for this population. This includes identifying the need of assistive listening devices, teaching the individual with HI about communication strategies and informing stakeholders, such as employers and colleagues, about the consequence of having a HI.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Conceptions, employees, fatigue, hearing impairment, labor market, noise, phenomenography, withdrawal
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110372OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-110372DiVA: diva2:744977