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. 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. Audiologic rehabilitation programs that support the individual and significant others in coping with the impact of hearing loss are not readily available to Canadians. Audiologic rehabilitation programs provide persons with hearing loss and their significant others with the tools they need, such as communication strategies, coping strategies, speechreading and auditory skills, and assistive technologies, to be able to manage the day-to-day difficulties with communication that they face. These programs are a special focus of the HearCare Audiologic Rehabilitation Laboratory.
Research in the HearCare Audiologic Rehabilitation Laboratory is focused on the needs of adults and include:
The HearCare Audiologic Rehabilitation Laboratory aims to gather evidence of the outcomes of these services, to design evidence-based services, and to promote inclusion of these services into clinical practice.
Research is conducted into the application of client-centred practice and perceived self-efficacy to audiologic rehabilitation and the assessment of service delivery outcomes; development of pertinent assessment tools to document barriers, facilitators, and benefits; and the study of the impact of audiologic rehabilitation on persons with hearing loss and significant others.