Hearing Care for Older Adults: Beyond the Audiology Clinic Purpose The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of hearing health care beyond the clinic for older people with impaired hearing. Method This article emphasizes factors affecting the success of audiologic rehabilitation for older people and describes practical clinical and community-based strategies for promoting successful ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   June 01, 2015
Hearing Care for Older Adults: Beyond the Audiology Clinic
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Marie Öberg
    Linköping University, Sweden
    Technical Audiology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Sweden
    The Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Marie Öberg: marie.oberg@liu.se
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Research Forum: Hearing Health Care for the Oldest Older Adults
Research Forum   |   June 01, 2015
Hearing Care for Older Adults: Beyond the Audiology Clinic
American Journal of Audiology, June 2015, Vol. 24, 104-107. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0077
History: Received November 29, 2014 , Revised January 13, 2015 , Accepted January 14, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2015, Vol. 24, 104-107. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0077
History: Received November 29, 2014; Revised January 13, 2015; Accepted January 14, 2015

Purpose The purpose of this article is to highlight the importance of hearing health care beyond the clinic for older people with impaired hearing.

Method This article emphasizes factors affecting the success of audiologic rehabilitation for older people and describes practical clinical and community-based strategies for promoting successful hearing health care.

Results Older people are not always aware of the extent of their hearing loss, may not always expect to benefit from using a hearing aid, and often have low self-efficacy for managing to learn to use hearing aids. Increased knowledge and support from other health professionals, family caregivers, and significant others could optimize older peoples' participation in everyday activities.

Conclusion Further work is needed to develop new interventions for older people with impaired hearing and to increase collaboration with general practitioners as well as other health care professionals.

Acknowledgment
These studies were supported by grants from the Oticon Foundation Oticon A/S, the Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology (2007/0240), and the Swedish Hard of Hearing Association (B2009/02), awarded to the author.
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