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Hearing care of older adults beyond the audiology clinic
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Technical Audiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Otorhinolaryngology in Linköping. Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. (Linnaeus Centre HEAD)
2014 (English)In: Hearing care of older adults beyond the audiology clinic, 2014, 117-118 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

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.
Keyword [en]
Hearing loss, older, audiology
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Other Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124337OAI: diva2:897935
HEAL 2014 - HEaring Across the Lifespan (NHS and AHS conferences in one single event),Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy, June 5-7 2014
Available from: 2016-01-26 Created: 2016-01-26 Last updated: 2016-02-09Bibliographically approved

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