Article  |   May 2012
A Multifaceted Living Well Approach to the Management of Hearing Loss With Adults and Their Frequent Communication Partners
Author Affiliations
  • Nicole Marrone
    Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Frances Harris
    James S. and Dyan Pignatelli/Unisource Clinical Chair in Audiologic Rehabilitation for Adults, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Professional Issues & Training
Article   |   May 2012
A Multifaceted Living Well Approach to the Management of Hearing Loss With Adults and Their Frequent Communication Partners
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, May 2012, Vol. 19, 5-14. doi:10.1044/arii19.1.5
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, May 2012, Vol. 19, 5-14. doi:10.1044/arii19.1.5

Often in the context of rehabilitation for adults with hearing loss, we hear the voices of cynics. “It costs too much. It takes too much time. People are not interested.” In this paper, we advocate for an alternative viewpoint of the process of rehabilitation, one that can be implemented for low costs and has value within a community. We explain the process that occurred to secure, develop, and expand an endowed community-based program on Living Well with Hearing Loss based out of the University of Arizona with a vision of sustainability. Since its inception in 2009, the program has grown substantially. We describe the program’s early journey and underlying bases, outline preliminary outcomes, and provide suggestions for audiologists in clinical practice based on our experience to date.

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