“This Is a Partnership Between All of Us”: Audiologists' Perceptions of Family Member Involvement in Hearing Rehabilitation Purpose The purpose of the study was to explore the perceptions of audiologists about the role of family members in hearing rehabilitation for older adults with hearing impairment (HI), the influence of family member involvement on outcomes, and factors affecting family members' involvement. Method A qualitative descriptive research ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 2015
“This Is a Partnership Between All of Us”: Audiologists' Perceptions of Family Member Involvement in Hearing Rehabilitation
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Carly Meyer
    HEARing CRC, Australia
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Nerina Scarinci
    HEARing CRC, Australia
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Brooke Ryan
    HEARing CRC, Australia
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Louise Hickson
    HEARing CRC, Australia
    University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Carly Meyer: carly.meyer@uq.edu.au
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Research Articles
Research Article   |   December 01, 2015
“This Is a Partnership Between All of Us”: Audiologists' Perceptions of Family Member Involvement in Hearing Rehabilitation
American Journal of Audiology, December 2015, Vol. 24, 536-548. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0026
History: Received May 11, 2015 , Revised September 17, 2015 , Accepted September 25, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2015, Vol. 24, 536-548. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0026
History: Received May 11, 2015; Revised September 17, 2015; Accepted September 25, 2015
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Purpose The purpose of the study was to explore the perceptions of audiologists about the role of family members in hearing rehabilitation for older adults with hearing impairment (HI), the influence of family member involvement on outcomes, and factors affecting family members' involvement.

Method A qualitative descriptive research study was undertaken. Using a purposeful sampling strategy, 9 audiologists were recruited. Audiologists participated in individual semistructured interviews. Interview transcripts were analyzed using thematic analysis, and a process of member checking was used to enhance the trustworthiness of findings reported.

Results The importance of promoting partnership emerged as the overarching theme. Audiologists valued promoting partnership with family members so that a shared understanding could be established, family members could be active participants with distinct roles in hearing rehabilitation, and the rehabilitation outcomes for the person with HI could be improved. Audiologists generally reported low attendance rates of family members to appointments and identified 5 major factors affecting family participation.

Conclusions There is growing recognition among audiologists of the importance of promoting partnership with family members during the hearing rehabilitation process. More research is needed to develop and evaluate a family-centered model of hearing health care that considers the service-level barriers identified by audiologists in the present study.

Acknowledgments
This research was funded by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, established under the Australian Government's Business Cooperative Research Centres Programme. The researchers would like to sincerely thank all participants for their valuable contribution to the project. Components of this research have been presented at: AudiologyNOW! Convention 2015, San Antonio, TX, US; the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 2014, Orlando, FL, US; World Congress of Audiology 2014, Brisbane, Australia; British Academy of Audiology Annual Conference 2013, Manchester, UK; and Phonak Advances in Audiology 2012, Las Vegas, NV, US.
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