Coping together with hearing loss: a qualitative meta-synthesis of the psychosocial experiences of people with hearing loss and their communication partners

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Barker, A., Leighton, P. and Ferguson, M. 2017. Coping together with hearing loss: a qualitative meta-synthesis of the psychosocial experiences of people with hearing loss and their communication partners. International Journal of Audiology. 56 (5), pp. 297-305. https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2017.1286695
AuthorsBarker, A., Leighton, P. and Ferguson, M.
Abstract

To examine the psychosocial experiences of hearing loss from the perspectives of both the person with hearing loss and their communication partner. Design: A meta-synthesis of the qualitative literature. Study Sample: From 880 records, 12 qualitative papers met the inclusion criteria, (i) adults with hearing loss, communication partners, or both, and (ii) explored psychosocial issues. Results: Four themes related to the psychosocial experience of hearing loss were found, (i) the effect of the hearing loss, (ii) the response to hearing aids, (iii) stigma and identity, and (iv) coping strategies. Hearing loss affected both people with hearing loss and communication partners. Hearing aids resulted in positive effects, however, these were often outnumbered by negative effects. Non-use of hearing aids was often influenced by stigma. Coping strategies used were related to how the person with hearing loss perceived their self and how the communication partner perceived the relationship. Aligned coping strategies appeared to have a positive effect. Hearing loss affects both people with hearing loss and their communication partners. Aligned coping strategies can facilitate adjustment to hearing loss.

Keywordshearing loss; communication; psychosocial ; identity; stigma
Year2017
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Journal citation56 (5), pp. 297-305
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1708-8186
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2017.1286695
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14992027.2017.1286695
http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/40359
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online24 Feb 2017
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Accepted19 Jan 2017
Deposited24 Jun 2022
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