Hearing Loss Spurs Family Tensions, Desire for Discussion Family members of people with hearing loss experience frustration and seek more involvement in the hearing loss treatment and management of their loved one, indicate results of a new study. Researchers from the University of Nottingham reviewed more than 70 studies that included common complaints from patients with hearing loss ... Research in Brief
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Hearing Loss Spurs Family Tensions, Desire for Discussion
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Research in Brief   |   January 01, 2018
Hearing Loss Spurs Family Tensions, Desire for Discussion
The ASHA Leader, January 2018, Vol. 23, 15. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB3.23012018.15
The ASHA Leader, January 2018, Vol. 23, 15. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB3.23012018.15
Researchers from the University of Nottingham reviewed more than 70 studies that included common complaints from patients with hearing loss and their communication partners.
Published in Trends in Hearing, the study found that several areas of concern overlapped between patients and their loved ones. Both groups reported conflict around television and radio volume, difficulties during telephone conversations, and frustration during social events and conversations.

Family members said they felt emotionally drained from the burden of adjusting to a partner’s hearing loss.

Further, family members said they felt emotionally drained from the burden of adjusting to a partner’s hearing loss. They also felt guilty about not being more understanding of the patient’s hearing loss experience. The researchers advise moving to more family-centered care to address this tension.
“Evidence from video-recorded audiology appointments shows that family members have a strong interest in being involved and sharing their experiences of the patient’s hearing loss,” says study leader Venessa Vas. The study authors recommend including loved ones in audiology appointments and involving them in treatment-strategy discussions.
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