On SAGE Insight: Assessment tools aiming to capture the impact of hearing loss on everyday life

Article title: A Data-Driven Synthesis of Research Evidence for Domains of Hearing Loss, as Reported by Adults With Hearing Loss and Their Communication Partners

From Trends in Hearing 

Hearing loss affects about 300 million adults worldwide and there is general consensus that hearing loss can have a negative impact on various aspects of an individual’s quality of life. The consequences of hearing loss are multifaceted and can extend to various aspects of life as well as on people close to those with hearing loss. 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. However, this review aims to synthesize the evidence on person with hearing loss- and communication partner-reported complaints of hearing loss. The framework of this study contributes fundamental new knowledge and a unique resource that enables researchers and clinicians to consider the broader impacts of hearing loss. The findings can also be used to guide questions during diagnostic assessment and to evaluate existing measures of hearing loss.

Quote from EIC:
“This important review that highlights the fact that hearing loss affects both patients and their communication partners, and points to new evidence-based approaches to rehabilitation.”
– Andrew J. Oxenham, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minnesota

Quote from the authors:
“This piece of research represents the first review to synthesise the current research evidence for the impact of hearing loss on those diagnosed with hearing loss and their communication partners”

 

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.

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Article details
A Data-Driven Synthesis of Research Evidence for Domains of Hearing Loss, as Reported by Adults With Hearing Loss and Their Communication Partners
Venessa Vas, Michael A. Akeroyd, Deborah A. Hall
First Published October 5, 2017
DOI: 10.1177/2331216517734088
Trends in Hearing

 

     
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