Experiences of Hearing Loss and Audiological Rehabilitation for Older Adults With Comorbid Psychological Symptoms: A Qualitative Study
Emma C Laird, Rebecca J Bennett, Caitlin M Barr, Christina A Bryant
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY | AMER SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOC | Published : 2020
Purpose There is a well-established relationship between hearing loss and psychological symptoms. To ensure audiological rehabilitation is provided appropriately for older adults with comorbid psychological symptoms, a greater understanding of their preferences and experiences is needed. This study sought to understand experiences of hearing loss and audiological rehabilitation from the perspective of older adults with comorbid psychological symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, psychosis). Design A qualitative study using in-depth semistructured interviews was conducted with older adults who had attended audiological rehabilitation within the last year and scored above established cutoffs on..View full abstract
This work was supported by Australian Rotary Health and the Rotary Club of Terrigal District (awarded to E. C. Laird). The authors would like to thank the participants for sharing their experiences and thank Australian Rotary Health and The Rotary Club of Terrigal District for their scholarship funding.