Exploring the influence of culture on hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake
St. Claire, Lindsay
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Objective: The purpose of this paper was to highlight the importance of cultural infl uence in understanding hearing-help seeking and hearing-aid uptake. Design: Information on audiological services in different countries and ‘ theories related to cross-culture ’ is presented, followed by a general discussion. Study sample: Twenty-seven relevant literature reviews on hearing impairment, cross-cultural studies, and the health psychology model and others as secondary resources. Results: Despite the adverse consequences of hearing impairment and the signifi cant potential benefi ts of audiological rehabilitation, only a small number of those with hearing impairment seek professional help and take up appropriate rehabilitation. Therefore, hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake has recently become the hot topic for clinicians and researchers. Previous research has identifi ed many contributing factors for hearing help-seeking with self-reported hearing disability being one of the main factors. Although signifi cant differences in help-seeking and hearing-aid adoption rates have been reported across countries in population studies, limited literature on the infl uence of cross-cultural factors in this area calls for an immediate need for research. Conclusions: This paper highlights the importance of psychological models and cross-cultural research in the area of hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake, and consequently some directions for future research are proposed.
International Journal of Audiology;
Zhao, F., Manchaiah, V., St. Claire, L., Danermark, B., Jones, L., Brandreth, M., Krishna, R. and Goodwin, R. (2015) 'Exploring the influence of culture on hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake', International Journal of Audiology, 54(7), pp.435-443.
This article was published in International Journal of Audiology on 11 March 2015 (online), available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/14992027.2015.1005848
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