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A data-driven synthesis of research evidence for domains of hearing loss, as reported by adults with hearing loss and their communication partners

Vas, Venessa; Akeroyd, Michael A.; Hall, Deborah A.

Authors

Venessa Vas

Deborah A. Hall deborah.hall@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

A number of assessment tools exist to evaluate the impact of hearing loss, with little consensus among researchers as to either preference or psychometric adequacy. The item content of hearing loss assessment tools should seek to capture the impact of hearing loss on everyday life, but to date no one has synthesized the range of hearing loss complaints from the perspectives of the person with hearing loss and their communication partner. The current review aims to synthesize the evidence on person with hearing loss- and communication partner-reported complaints of hearing loss. Searches were conducted in Cos Conference Papers Index, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Excerpta Medica Database, PubMed, Web of Science, and Google Scholar to identify publications from May 1982 to August 2015. A manual search of four relevant journals updated the search to May 2017. Of the 9,516 titles identified, 78 records (comprising 20,306 participants) met inclusion criteria and were taken through to data collection. Data were analyzed using meta-ethnography to form domains representing the person with hearing loss- and communication partner-reported complaints of hearing loss as reported in research. Domains and subdomains mutual to both perspectives are related to ‘‘Auditory’’ (listening, communicating, and speaking), ‘‘Social’’ (relationships, isolation, social life, occupational, and interventions), and ‘‘Self’’ (effort and fatigue, emotions, identity, and stigma). Our framework contributes fundamental new knowledge and a unique resource that enables researchers and clinicians to consider the broader impacts of hearing loss. Our findings can also be used to guide questions during diagnostic assessment and to evaluate existing measures of hearing loss.

Citation

Vas, V., Akeroyd, M. A., & Hall, D. A. (in press). A data-driven synthesis of research evidence for domains of hearing loss, as reported by adults with hearing loss and their communication partners. Trends in Hearing, 21, https://doi.org/10.1177/2331216517734088

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 4, 2017
Online Publication Date Oct 5, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 21, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 5, 2017
Journal Trends in Hearing
Electronic ISSN 2331-2165
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/2331216517734088
Keywords Audiology, adult otolaryngology, adult aural rehabilitation, hearing interventions, hearing aids, patient complaints, patient-report, outcome measures
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46585
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2331216517734088#
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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