Hearing care of older adults beyond the audiology clinic
2014 (English)In: Hearing care of older adults beyond the audiology clinic, 2014, 117-118 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Whether or not older adults are actively seeking hearing health care, they may be unaware of the extent of their audiometric hearing loss, they may not expect to benefit from using hearing aids, they may hold ageist self-stereotypes, and/or have low self-efficacy for managing hearing-related problems. According to the Health Belief Model, such conditions are not conducive to action-taking or positive sustained rehabilitative outcomes. In addition to more traditional clinic-based audiology rehabilitation services, a community-based health-promoting approach to increasing information and providing a more positive outlook about hearing health care options could be useful in predisposing older adults to seek help and achieve better rehabilitative outcomes. Community-based strategies to promote successful hearing health may also be crucial in reinforcing the maintenance of hearing aid use and hearing-related behavior changes after rehabilitation has been provided. A community-based approach would involve new partnerships between audiologists and other health professionals and service providers working with older adults in the community, including primary care physicians and geriatricians. Such partners could help to promote earlier identification and awareness of hearing-related problems, and reduce the stigma of hearing loss and wearing hearing aids. For older people affected by multiple physical and/or mental health issues it is even more important to determine the most appropriate rehabilitation options for each person. Decision-making and rehabilitation planning, delivery and monitoring for these cases demands increased collaboration with other health professionals, family caregivers and significant others so that participation in everyday activities and quality of life can be optimized. This presentation will discuss different approaches based on the Health Belief Model that could be augment more traditional clinic-based hearing health care for the older in short and long-term.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 117-118 p.
Hearing loss, older, audiology
Other Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124337OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-124337DiVA: diva2:897935
HEAL 2014 - HEaring Across the Lifespan (NHS and AHS conferences in one single event),Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy, June 5-7 2014