Parental views on informational counselling provided by audiologists for children with permanent childhood hearing loss

South African Journal of Communication Disorders

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Title Parental views on informational counselling provided by audiologists for children with permanent childhood hearing loss
Creator Shezi, Zandile M. Joseph, Lavanithum N.
Subject Audiology; Health Sciences informational counselling; communication options; aural rehabilitation; family-centred intervention; paediatric hearing loss
Description Background: The absence of best practice guidelines on informational counselling, has caused lack of clarity regarding the information audiologists should provide to parents and caregivers following the diagnosis of a hearing loss. Research shows that informational counselling provided by audiologists is limited and often biased, with little evidence of how parents experience this service.Objectives: To explore the nature and practice of informational counselling by audiologists.Method: This study was descriptive in nature and adopted a survey design to obtain information on the current practices of informational counselling from the perspective of parents and primary caregivers. Ninety-seven face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted across KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Descriptive statistics and thematic analysis using Nvivo software were conducted.Results: The majority of the parents reported receiving some form of informational counselling. However, the information provided by audiologists was considered to be biased as it included a favoured communication option, school and rehabilitative technology. There was a lack of information related to aural rehabilitation and family-centred intervention. The provision of all communication options, school options and rehabilitative technology were identified as gaps that contribute to an unfavourable decision-making process.Conclusion: There are inefficiencies experienced by families of deaf and hard of hearing children during informational counselling. However, this understanding, together with the identified gaps by parents, can help address the professional response to caring for families with deaf and hard of hearing children.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Developing Research, Innovation, Localization and Leadership in South Africa (DRILL)|College of Health Sciences grant.
Date 2021-05-25
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Survey-interview
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajcd.v68i1.799
Source South African Journal of Communication Disorders; Vol 68, No 1 (2021); 8 pages 2225-4765 0379-8046
Language eng
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