Attitudes, perceived competence, and social limitation among older adults with hearing problems
WellStar School of Nursing
This study aims to examine the association between attitudes, perceived competence, and social limitation among older adults with hearing impairment.
Descriptive correlational design was used in the study. There were 114 participants mostly 70 years old and above from senior centers and churches. Participants were screened for hearing impairment using Shoebox Audiometry or the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly-Screening version (HHIE-S). Self-report questionnaires such as Attitudes toward Loss of Hearing Questionnaire (ALHQ v2.1), Perceived Competence Scale (PCS), and Hearing Handicap Questionnaire (HHQ) were given.
Participants in the study had a favorable attitude toward hearing impairment. Less denial was associated with higher degree of hearing loss, higher hearing handicap, higher social limitation, and higher intention to engage in follow-up care. Negative coping strategies were associated with higher hearing handicap, higher social limitation, and lower scores in perceived competence in engaging in positive health behavior.
The data represent the views of those willing to engage in positive health behavior. An opportunity exists to increase awareness in preventing further damage and hearing disability among older adults.
Print ISSN: 0360-1277 Online ISSN: 1521-0472
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