Communication Partners' Journey through Their Partner's Hearing Impairment

Abstract

The objective of this study was to further develop the Ida Institute model on communication partners' (CPs) journey through experiences of person with hearing impairment (PHI), based on the perspectives of CPs.

Nine CPs of hearing aid users participated in this study, recruited through the Swansea hearing impaired support group. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, the data were analysed using qualitative thematic analysis and presented with the use of process mapping approach.

Seven main phases were identified in the CP journey which includes: (1) contemplation, (2) awareness, (3) persuasion, (4) validation, (5) rehabilitation, (6)adaptation, and (7) resolution. The Ida Institute model (based on professionals' perspective) was compared with the new template developed (based on CPs' perspectives).

The results suggest some commonalities and differences between the views of professionals and CPs. A new phase, adaptation, was identified from CPs reported experiences,which was not identified by professionals in the Ida Institute model.

The CP's journey model could be a useful tool during audiological enablement/rehabilitation sessions to promote discussion between the PHI and the CP. In addition, it can be used in the training of hearing healthcare professionals.

Authors

Vinaya K.C. Manchaiah, Dafydd Stephens, and Thomas Lunner

Citation

Manchaiah, V.K.C., Stephens, D., and Lunner, T. (2013). Communication Partners' Journey through Their Partner's Hearing Impairment. International Journal of Otolaryngology. Volume 2013.