Older Adults and Hearing Help-Seeking Behaviors Purpose To review the current literature on help seeking for hearing health care among older adults. Method The authors conducted a literature review regarding help seeking for hearing-related communication difficulties as well as for other chronic medical conditions. Results Untreated hearing loss can lead to numerous ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   December 01, 2012
Older Adults and Hearing Help-Seeking Behaviors
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Gabrielle H. Saunders
    National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR
  • Theresa H. Chisolm
    University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Margaret I. Wallhagen
    University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA
  • Correspondence to Gabrielle Saunders: Gabrielle.saunders@va.gov
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Research Forum
Research Forum   |   December 01, 2012
Older Adults and Hearing Help-Seeking Behaviors
American Journal of Audiology, December 2012, Vol. 21, 331-337. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/12-0028)
History: Received May 25, 2012 , Accepted July 11, 2012
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2012, Vol. 21, 331-337. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2012/12-0028)
History: Received May 25, 2012; Accepted July 11, 2012
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Purpose To review the current literature on help seeking for hearing health care among older adults.

Method The authors conducted a literature review regarding help seeking for hearing-related communication difficulties as well as for other chronic medical conditions.

Results Untreated hearing loss can lead to numerous negative secondary consequences; uptake and use of hearing aids remain low, despite the fact that hearing aids provide an effective treatment option for older adults with hearing loss. The authors describe models relevant to understanding the help-seeking and decision-making behaviors of older adults with hearing loss and discuss recommendations for future research.

Conclusion Because of the considerable overlap in factors associated with help-seeking behaviors across chronic medical conditions and because help-seeking behaviors are complex, help seeking should be examined within the framework of a multifactorial model, such as the health belief model or the transtheoretical stages of change model.

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