Severe to profound hearing loss has been found to negatively affect quality of life1 and to negatively impact activities of daily living.2,3 This applies to 87 million people worldwide – 2 out of 10 patients entering your clinic are affected.4
Internationally, there are many general guidelines for the assessment and audiological management for adults with hearing loss. Rarely if ever, are people with a severe to profound hearing loss referred to specifically.
A group of international experts in research and clinical practice examined the evidence and developed recommendations on the audiological management of severe to profound hearing loss in adults. The result of this cooperation is a publication filled with expert guidance for hearing care professionals. Here are some highlights of this long-awaited publication:
Aim of the guidelines
Successfully managing these complex needs requires ongoing professional development of skills which support your patients on well-being with:
- Continued hearing device optimization and maintenance
- Self-management strategies
- Counseling and support
- Referral onward when appropriate
1. Carlsson, P., Hjaldahl. J., Magnuson, A., Terneval, E., Eden, M., Skagerskarand, A., & Jonsson, R. (2014). Severe to profound hearing impairment: quality of life, psychosocial consequences and audiological rehabilitation. Disability & Rehabilitation, Early Online: 1-8
2. Gopinath, B., Schneider, J., McMahon, C. M., Burlutsky, G., Leeder, S. R., & Mitchell, P. (2013). Dual sensory impairment in older adults increases the risk of mortality: a population-based study. PloS one, 8(3), e55054. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055054
3. Turton, L., & Smith, P. (2013). Prevalence & characteristics of severe and profound hearing loss in adults in a UK National Health Service clinic. International Journal of Audiology, 52(2), 92-97. https://doi.org/10.3109/14992027.2012.73537
4. Stevens, G., Flaxman, S., Brunskill, E., Mascarenhas, M., Mathers, C. D., & Finucane, M. (2013). Global and regional hearing impairment prevalence: an analysis of 42 studies in 29 countries. The European Journal of Public Health, 23(1), 146–152.