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J Appl Gerontol. 2016 Aug 22. pii: 0733464816663554. [Epub ahead of print]

Understanding Hearing Loss and Barriers to Hearing Health Care Among Korean American Older Adults: A Focus Group Study.

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology,Head & Neck Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • 2Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  • 3Departments of Otolaryngology,Head & Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Center on Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  • 4Center on Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  • 5Departments of Otolaryngology,Head & Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Center on Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Departments of Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
  • 6Department of Community-Public Health, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA hhan3@jhu.edu.

Abstract

Hearing loss is associated with an accelerated decline in social, cognitive, and physical functioning among older adults. However, little is known about its impact and barriers to hearing health care in any ethnic minorities. The aim of this study was to explore experiences related to hearing loss and barriers to hearing health care among older Korean Americans (KAs). We conducted four focus groups with 19 older KAs with hearing loss and four communication partners. Qualitative content analysis revealed four themes: (a) impact of hearing loss, (b) self-perception of hearing loss, (c) coping strategies for hearing loss, and (d) barriers to hearing health care (price, language, lack of collaborative communications, perceptions about hearing aids, and lack of knowledge). Older KAs were significantly impacted by hearing loss but tended not to seek care due to multiple factors. Culturally tailored hearing interventions are urgently needed to promote hearing health in the KA community.

KEYWORDS:

Korean American; hearing aids; hearing health care; hearing loss; immigrant health

PMID:
27550062
DOI:
10.1177/0733464816663554
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