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Int J Audiol. 2017 Jun;56(6):408-416. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2017.1305515. Epub 2017 Apr 7.

Audiological management of adults with hearing impairment in Malaysia.

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1
a School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland , Brisbane , Australia and.
2
b School of Rehabilitation Sciences, National University of Malaysia , Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study explored the nature of audiological services for adults with hearing impairment in Malaysia, with an emphasis on whether current services address clients' overall functioning as described by the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework.

DESIGN:

An online survey exploring current practice, skills and confidence of audiologists, and the infrastructure and facilities available in their workplaces, was distributed to audiologists in Malaysia via professional associations and social media.

STUDY SAMPLE:

A total of 111 audiologists, 84.7% female and 15.3% male (range = 23-44 years), participated in the study.

RESULTS:

Although audiologists in Malaysia reported addressing all of the ICF domains, less than 26% of them assessed the patients' speech perception, carried out real-ear measurements, or used outcome measures routinely. The majority of the audiologists reported feeling confident in managing adult patients. However, 83% of the audiologists indicated they wanted to improve their skills related to management of adult patients, particularly in the areas of counselling and auditory training.

CONCLUSIONS:

Inadequate infrastructure, resources and facilities in the workplace may have contributed to the gaps in service provision and influenced the current practice of audiological management for adult patients in Malaysia.

KEYWORDS:

Hearing impairment; WHO ICF; hearing aids; older adults

PMID:
28388865
DOI:
10.1080/14992027.2017.1305515
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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