Exploring the Relationship Between Hearing Aid Self-Efficacy and Hearing Aid Management Hearing loss is a highly prevalent condition affecting a significant portion of the adult population. Hearing aids are an effective and common rehabilitation strategy for individuals with hearing loss. A wide range of factors, however, can hamper and even preclude successful hearing aid use. Self-efficacy, a concept that reflects perceptions ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2014
Exploring the Relationship Between Hearing Aid Self-Efficacy and Hearing Aid Management
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  • Disclosure: Financial: Brittney A. Dullard and Kathleen M. Cienkowski have no financial interests to disclose.
    Disclosure: Financial: Brittney A. Dullard and Kathleen M. Cienkowski have no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Brittney A. Dullard has no nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kathleen M. Cienkowski is the Coordinator of Special Interest Group 7: Aural Rehabilitation and its Instrumentation.
    Nonfinancial: Brittney A. Dullard has no nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kathleen M. Cienkowski is the Coordinator of Special Interest Group 7: Aural Rehabilitation and its Instrumentation.×
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Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Articles
Article   |   November 01, 2014
Exploring the Relationship Between Hearing Aid Self-Efficacy and Hearing Aid Management
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, November 2014, Vol. 21, 56-62. doi:10.1044/arri21.2.56
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, November 2014, Vol. 21, 56-62. doi:10.1044/arri21.2.56

Hearing loss is a highly prevalent condition affecting a significant portion of the adult population. Hearing aids are an effective and common rehabilitation strategy for individuals with hearing loss. A wide range of factors, however, can hamper and even preclude successful hearing aid use. Self-efficacy, a concept that reflects perceptions of one's ability to perform particular tasks or behaviors, has been shown to be an important factor in the successful management of chronic illness including conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, as well as arthritis and other sources of chronic pain. Improving or strengthening patients' self-efficacy beliefs can improve health outcomes. The role of self-efficacy in the management of hearing loss and hearing aids is still being explored; hence, the extent to which, and the ways in which, self-efficacy may be related to audiologic outcomes remains largely unexplained. The purpose of this article is to examine emerging evidence regarding the relationship between perceived self-efficacy and rehabilitation outcomes among adult hearing aid users and to discuss an apparent discrepancy between patients' reported self-efficacy and their demonstrated skill in managing hearing aids.

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