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A qualitative investigation of the hearing and hearing-aid related emotional states experienced by adults with hearing loss

Holman, Jack A.; Ali, Yasmin H. K.; Naylor, Graham


Medical Research Foundation Hearing Fellowship

Yasmin H. K. Ali

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Professor of Hearing Sciences


Objective: Despite previous research into the psychosocial impact of hearing loss, little detail is known regarding the hearing and hearing-aid-related emotional states experienced by adults with hearing loss in everyday life, and how they occur. Design: Individual remote semi-structured interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and qualitatively analysed with reflexive and inductive thematic analysis. Study sample: Seventeen participants (9 female) with hearing loss (age range 44–74 years) participated. Ten used bilateral hearing aids, four unilateral and three used no hearing aids at the time of interviews. Results: The four main themes which emerged from the data were: identity and self-image, autonomy and control, personality and dominant emotional states and situational cost/benefit analysis with respect to use of hearing aids. Conclusions: This study goes beyond previous literature by providing a more detailed insight into emotions related to hearing and hearing-aids in adults. Hearing loss causes a multitude of negative emotions, while hearing aids generally reduce negative emotions and allow for more positive emotions. However, factors such as lifestyle, personality, situational control, the relationship with those in conversation and the attribution of blame are key to individual emotional experience. Clinical implications include the important role of social relationships in assessment and counselling.


Holman, J. A., Ali, Y. H. K., & Naylor, G. (2022). A qualitative investigation of the hearing and hearing-aid related emotional states experienced by adults with hearing loss. International Journal of Audiology,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 29, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 29, 2022
Publication Date Aug 29, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 27, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 30, 2022
Journal International Journal of Audiology
Print ISSN 1499-2027
Electronic ISSN 1708-8186
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Speech and Hearing; Linguistics and Language; Language and Linguistics
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