Promoting Self-Efficacy in Patient-Centered Audiologic Rehabilitation for Adults with Hearing Loss Self-efficacy is defined as an individual's judgments of their capabilities to perform certain skills necessary to attain a desired outcome or behavior (Bandura, 1986). There is a vast literature across a large range of health conditions that highlights the importance of self-efficacy in the management of chronic health conditions including ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2014
Promoting Self-Efficacy in Patient-Centered Audiologic Rehabilitation for Adults with Hearing Loss
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  • Sherri L. Smith
    Audiologic Rehabilitation Laboratory, Auditory and Vestibular Dysfunction Research Enhancement Award Program, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tennessee
    Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Disclosure: Financial: The manuscript is based upon work supported in part by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, and Office of Research and Development, Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) Service. The contents of this manuscript do not represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government.
    Disclosure: Financial: The manuscript is based upon work supported in part by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, and Office of Research and Development, Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) Service. The contents of this manuscript do not represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government.×
  • Nonfinancial: Sheri L. Smith has no nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Sheri L. Smith has no nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Article   |   May 01, 2014
Promoting Self-Efficacy in Patient-Centered Audiologic Rehabilitation for Adults with Hearing Loss
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, May 2014, Vol. 21, 24-32. doi:10.1044/arri21.1.24
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, May 2014, Vol. 21, 24-32. doi:10.1044/arri21.1.24

Self-efficacy is defined as an individual's judgments of their capabilities to perform certain skills necessary to attain a desired outcome or behavior (Bandura, 1986). There is a vast literature across a large range of health conditions that highlights the importance of self-efficacy in the management of chronic health conditions including behaviors related to managing hearing loss and tinnitus (Smith & West, 2006a). The main findings from these studies indicate that patients with higher self-efficacy for managing their chronic health condition tend to be more adherent to treatment plans and have better outcomes than patients with lower self-efficacy. This paper reviews self-efficacy theory and how self-efficacy can be applied to audiologic rehabilitation interventions. Emerging evidence showing that self-efficacy is an essential factor to consider in audiologic rehabilitation for adults is summarized. The way in which individuals formulate self-efficacy beliefs is described and the techniques clinicians can use to promote self-efficacy in audiologic rehabilitation are discussed.

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