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Exploring the influence of culture on hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake
Department of Hearing and Speech Science, Xinhua College, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX, United States; Department of Behavioral Sciences and Learning, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Audiology India, Mysore, India.
Department of Psychology, University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2690-6989
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2015 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 54, no 7, 435-443 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The purpose of this paper was to highlight the importance of cultural influence 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 significant potential benefits 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 identified many contributing factors for hearing help-seeking with self-reported hearing disability being one of the main factors. Although significant differences in help-seeking and hearing-aid adoption rates have been reported across countries in population studies, limited literature on the influence 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 54, no 7, 435-443 p.
Keyword [en]
Culture, cross-cultural communication, hearing loss, hearing help-seeking, hearing aids
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Otorhinolaryngology
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Oto-Rhino-Laryngology; Disability Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-45806DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2015.1005848ISI: 000359996600001PubMedID: 25761498Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84934276839OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-45806DiVA: diva2:854132
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Oticon Foundation

Available from: 2015-09-16 Created: 2015-09-15 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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