Editor's Column This year-end issue of Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation features new perspectives on two issues of longstanding interest to those of us in AR: the involvement of family members in the rehabilitation process and the use of auditory training. Thank you to all of the authors for ... Editorial
Editorial  |   December 01, 2013
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Editorial   |   December 01, 2013
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SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, December 2013, Vol. 20, 79-80. doi:10.1044/arri20.3.79
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, December 2013, Vol. 20, 79-80. doi:10.1044/arri20.3.79
This year-end issue of Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation features new perspectives on two issues of longstanding interest to those of us in AR: the involvement of family members in the rehabilitation process and the use of auditory training. Thank you to all of the authors for their contributions and to our SIG 7 team of reviewers for their helpful suggestions.
Nerina Scarinci, Carly Meyer, Katie Ekberg, and Louise Hickson from The University of Queensland in Australia promote the idea of family-centered care in audiology drawing from concepts in family systems theory. In family systems theory, the interdependency of family members is emphasized as opposed to focusing on individuals in isolation. This theory underlies the most current forms of family therapy and its widespread influence throughout all areas of healthcare is evidenced in the popularity of the journal Family, Systems, and Health. What I personally like most about this article is that by introducing readers to family systems theory, the authors provide a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of the ways in which family dynamics are implicated in how people cope with chronic conditions and how intervention can be tailored accordingly. Family systems theory is very well suited to addressing the ways in which hearing impairment affects the individual, each family member (i.e., third-party disability), and, family dynamics, in particular, within the marital relationship. We can glean an enormous amount of insight and applicable information from our colleagues in other professions; Scarinci and her co-authors provide an excellent opportunity for doing so.
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