New Book: The Role of Communication Partners in Audiological Rehabilitation
A new book by Drs. Vinaya Manchaiah and Brian Taylor explores the importance of communication partners in a person with hearing loss’s daily life and rehabilitation. The Role of Communication Partners in Audiological Rehabilitation provides new perspectives on the role and journey of communication partners (CPs) as well as inspiration for how to work with them to improve patient outcomes.
Brian is Editor-in-Chief at Hearing Health and Technology Matters and Vinaya is a professor at Lamar University as well as an Ida fellow. The authors credit the Ida Institute’s Communication Partner Seminar and work as inspiration for the book.
“I became aware of the term communication partners when I attended the Ida Institute seminar in 2009 in Denmark,” says Vinaya. “The interactive seminar provided great insight and stimulation to think about how hearing loss affects communication partners and how they can be included in the audiological rehabilitation process. At that time, there was limited clinical consideration about CPs and I developed an interest in research in this area. Over the years, I have followed research in this area closely and also published some of my own.”
Understanding the Communication Partner Journey
The book takes a person- and family-centered perspective on hearing care, including motivational interviewing and shared decision making. Each chapter addresses different elements of involving CPs in the appointment, suggests tools such as the Goal Sharing for Partners and the Communication World (an expansion of Ida’s Communication Rings) for involving CPs, and addresses concerns about the emotional aspects of family-centered appointments.
“With the current landscape in audiology in the US in which the focus is moving towards person-centered and family-centered care, Dr. Brian Taylor and I felt it would be a good resource for students and clinicians to have a resource that they can refer to on how to involve communication partners in audiological rehab. For this reason we put together this book based on an in-depth literature review and on our clinical experience.”
The book focuses much attention on the medical versus biopsychosocial models of care as well as third party disability. It also explores the Partner Journey and provides ideas for developing the understanding of the CPs’ experiences of their partners’ hearing loss.
The Essential Role of Motivation
Central to the person-centered approach is the idea that people with hearing loss need to have internal motivation to successfully use assistive technology.
“As a practicing clinician and author of a couple of textbooks on hearing aids, I have come to realize that audiologists tend to over-emphasize technology as a cure-all for non-benign hearing loss: Simply arrive at the right prescriptive setting and your patient will be happy. Although hearing aid technology has never been better, and the use of a prescriptive approach is still essential, our myopic view that a technological solution is all our patients need is a huge disservice to many of them,” says Brian Taylor.
The book allows for a deeper understanding of the theoretical framework for working with communication partners, and also provides practical ideas for how to apply this approach in daily practice.
“Dr. Manchaiah and I decided to build on many of the concepts created at the Ida Institute, and write about why and how patient-centered care can be brought to life in a workaday clinic. We hope audiologists find it to be a practical guide on getting communication partners directly involved in the adult rehabilitation process and that it will lead to better patient outcomes and an approach to hearing care which is focused on delivering a valuable counseling service, rather than merely dispensing a medical device.”
The Role of Communication Partners in Audiological Rehabilitation is available now through Nova Science.