Practices and views of audiologists regarding aural rehabilitation services for adults with acquired hearing loss

South African Journal of Communication Disorders

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Title Practices and views of audiologists regarding aural rehabilitation services for adults with acquired hearing loss
Creator Makhoba, Musa Joseph, Neethie
Subject Discipline of Audiology Aural Rehabilitaion; Hearing Aids; Cochlear Implants; FM systems; Auditory Training; Communication Strategies Training; Frequent Communication Partner Training; Speechreading Training; Informational Counseling; Psychosocial Adjustment Counseling
Description Background: Hearing loss in adults is one of the leading disabilities globally. It is managed through aural rehabilitation for which there is a paucity of literature in South Africa. This raises the question of interest, the integrity of holistic service provision amongst audiologists and whether interest and challenges affect current practices.Objectives: To describe audiologists’ practices and views on aural rehabilitation services for adults, including interest and challenges experienced.Method: A descriptive online survey was completed by 45 of 1440 invited practicing audiologists who were members of the two national professional associations in South Africa. Each association emailed the questionnaire link to all its members. Data were analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 21, and included the paired samples t-test and chi-squared tests.Results: The most provided services were hearing aids (81.4%), communication strategies training (69.8%) and informational counselling (79.8%). A strong interest was reported by most for each service. Challenges included limited client compliance, unaffordability of services, limited undergraduate training, language barriers, unrealistic expectations and individual differences. Statistically significant differences between service provision, interest and challenges indicated that these are influential but not individually significant to service provision.Conclusion: Imbalanced service provision, high interest and many more challenges are experienced. These factors contribute but are not solely markedly influential in service provision.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor none
Date 2016-09-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Online self administered survey questionnaire
Format text/html application/octet-stream text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajcd.v63i1.155
Source South African Journal of Communication Disorders; Vol 63, No 1 (2016); 10 pages 2225-4765 0379-8046
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa Current Adult Audiologists; South African; Male and Female;
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Musa Makhoba, Neethie Joseph