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Exploring the influence of culture on hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake
Sun Yat Sen University, Peoples R China.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Disability Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. Lamar University, TX, USA; Audiol India, India.
University of Bristol, England.
University of Örebro, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 54, no 7, 435-443 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The purpose of this paper was to highlight the importance of cultural influence in understanding hearing-help seeking and hearing-aid uptake. Design: Information on audiological services in different countries and theories related to cross-culture is presented, followed by a general discussion. Study sample: Twenty-seven relevant literature reviews on hearing impairment, cross-cultural studies, and the health psychology model and others as secondary resources. Results: Despite the adverse consequences of hearing impairment and the significant potential benefits of audiological rehabilitation, only a small number of those with hearing impairment seek professional help and take up appropriate rehabilitation. Therefore, hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake has recently become the hot topic for clinicians and researchers. Previous research has identified many contributing factors for hearing help-seeking with self-reported hearing disability being one of the main factors. Although significant differences in help-seeking and hearing-aid adoption rates have been reported across countries in population studies, limited literature on the influence of cross-cultural factors in this area calls for an immediate need for research. Conclusions: This paper highlights the importance of psychological models and cross-cultural research in the area of hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake, and consequently some directions for future research are proposed.

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Informa Healthcare, 2015. Vol. 54, no 7, 435-443 p.
Keyword [en]
Culture; cross-cultural communication; hearing loss; hearing help-seeking; hearing aids
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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121322DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2015.1005848ISI: 000359996600001PubMedID: 25761498OAI: diva2:854126

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Available from: 2015-09-16 Created: 2015-09-14 Last updated: 2015-10-02Bibliographically approved

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