National Centre for Audiology

Aural Rehabilitation

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Adult aural rehabilitation, perceived self-efficacy for managing everyday communication situations, the use of Goal Attainment Scaling in Adult Aural Rehabilitation, barriers and facilitators to the use of assistive technology, determining Aural Rehabilitation readiness.

Hearing loss is the most commonly reported chronic disability for older adults and it has a significant impact on all aspects of an individual's life. Older adults are not routinely referred for hearing healthcare services and of those who do obtain services, only a small number follow through with the purchase and use of hearing assistive technologies. AR programs that support the individual and significant others in coping with the impact of hearing loss are not readily available to Canadians. Research in the Robert B. Johnston Aural Rehabilitation Lab is focused on the AR needs of older adults in Canada. Topics include:

The role of perceived self-efficacy in adult AR,
The application of Goal Attainment Scaling in adult AR,
Determining readiness for AR,
The benefits of group AR programs,
Barriers and facilitators to the use of assistive technologies,
Universal hearing design,
Workplace accessibility assessment for older adults with hearing loss,
Hearing accessibility in university classrooms.

The results of this research are disseminated through scientific publications and conference presentations.