Seminar Lectures

Our seminar series on Communication Partnerships examined and explored the topic of incorporating friends and family in the rehabilitation process. Below are two lectures from the seminar series that can provide a useful framework for using the tools. 

Engaging Communication Partnerships

Joseph Montano on communication partnerships and resolving the communication mismatch dilemma.

Duration: 12min

Clients and their partners

Dafydd Stephens explores the communication experiences of people with hearing loss and their partners.

Duration: 20min


Louise Hickson, Head of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre at The University of Queensland, discusses the importance of engaging communication partners in the rehabilitation process.

Suggested Readings

Family member involvement in audiology appointments with older people with hearing impairment
Ekberg, K., Meyer, C., Scarinci, N., Grenness, C., & Hickson, L. (2015) International Journal of Audiology, 54(02), 70-76.

In it Together: The impact of hearing loss on personal relationships
Melissa Echalier, Royal National Institute for Deaf People

Assisting communication partners in the setting of treatment goals: the development of the goal sharing for partners strategy
Preminger, J., & Lind, C. (2012) Seminars in Hearing, 33(01), 053-064.

The Communication Rings: A tool for exploring the social networks of individuals with hearing loss
Montano, J., & AlMakadma, H. (2012) Seminars in Hearing, 33(01), 046-052.

Older people with hearing impairment: A literature review of the spouse's perspective
Donaldson, N.A., Worrall, L., & Hickson, L. (2004) Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology, 26(01), 30-39.

The effect of hearing impairment in older people on the spouse: development and psychometric testing of the significant other scale for hearing disability (SOS-HEAR)
Scarinci, N., Worrall, L., & Hickson, L. (2009). International Journal of Audiology, 48(10), 671-83.

Persons with acquired profound hearing loss (APHL): how do they and their families adapt to the challenge?
Hallam, R., Ashton, P., Sherbourne, K., & Gailey, L. (2008). Health (London), 12(3), 369-388.

Client Oriented Scale of Improvement (COSI) and its relationship to several other measures of benefit and satisfaction provided by hearing aids. 
Dillon, H., James, A. & Ginis, J. (1997). Journal of the American Academy of Audiology.

Goal attainment scaling: A general method of evaluation comprehensive mental health programmes. 
Kiresuk, T., & Sherman, R. (1968). Community Mental Health Journal, 4, 443-453.

Goal planning in audiological rehabilitation.
McKenna, L. (1987). British Journal of Audiology,21, 5-11.