Audiology Masterclass Series 2024
March 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEDT
Session 1: The cost of concealing: New learnings about stigma experiences of adults with hearing loss and their families
Dates: Thursday 28 March12-1pm AEDT
Cost: $50Free for AHH Members not seeking accreditation
To register: https://bit.ly/3OrL1Ow
Stigma has long been implicated as a reason why adults with hearing impairment take an average of 7 to 10 years to seek help and why outcomes of hearing device fitting are less than optimal for some clients. However, the field has not developed a comprehensive understanding of why stigma occurs, nor has it related this comprehensive knowledge to a theoretical framework. We recently conducted a two-phase, multi-method study to systematically investigate how stigma is experienced by adults with hearing loss and their families, how they manage it in everyday life, and how these experiences relate to the decision to try hearing aids and to wear them in the long-term. The study findings revealed that stigma is a complex, social process experienced differently by adults with hearing loss and their family members. For some adults with hearing loss, the stigma associated with hearing loss was greater than stigma related to hearing aids. Both hearing loss and hearing aids were strongly associated with ageing. “Not Telling” is a major way that the stigma of hearing loss is responded to in everyday life. We concluded that stigma related to hearing loss is often not about the appearance of hearing aids. Whether an adult with hearing loss tells others about their hearing loss can be a key indicator of the level of stigma they experience.
About the presenter: Dr Katie Ekberg
Dr Katie Ekberg is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Hearing Research (CHEAR), School of Health and Rehabilitations Sciences, The University of Queensland. Her research focuses on psychosocial issues related to hearing loss, examining real-world communication with adults and children with hearing loss, and patient- and family-centred hearing care. She has specific expertise in using conversation analysis to examine real-life, video-recorded interactions with people with hearing loss, both in clinical appointments and in everyday social interactions. Some of her recent research has involved designing and implementing an intervention to improve family-centred care in adult audiology appointments and examining the stigma experiences of adults with hearing loss and their families.