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Int J Audiol. 2015 Jul;54(7):435-43. doi: 10.3109/14992027.2015.1005848. Epub 2015 Mar 11.

Exploring the influence of culture on hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake.

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* Department of Hearing and Speech Science, Xinhua College, Sun Yat-Sen University , Guangzhou , China.

Abstract

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.

KEYWORDS:

Culture; cross-cultural communication; hearing aids; hearing help-seeking; hearing loss

PMID:
25761498
DOI:
10.3109/14992027.2015.1005848
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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