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

Barker, Alex; Leighton, Paul; Ferguson, Melanie A.

Authors

Alex Barker

Paul Leighton

Melanie A. Ferguson melanie.ferguson@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Objective – 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, twelve 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 effects.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal International Journal of Audiology
Print ISSN 1499-2027
Electronic ISSN 1708-8186
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Barker, A., Leighton, P., & Ferguson, M. A. (in press). Coping together with hearing loss: a qualitative meta-synthesis of the psychosocial experiences of people with hearing loss and their communication partner. International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027
Keywords Hearing loss, communication partners, adjustment, psychosocial, identity, stigma, coping, significant others
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