Motivation to Address Self-Reported Hearing Problems in Adults With Normal Hearing Thresholds Purpose The purpose of this study was to compare the motivation to change in relation to hearing problems in adults with normal hearing thresholds but who report hearing problems and that of adults with a mild-to-moderate sensorineural hearing loss. Factors related to their motivation were also assessed. Method ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 20, 2017
Motivation to Address Self-Reported Hearing Problems in Adults With Normal Hearing Thresholds
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Carly C. M. Alicea
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Syracuse University, NY
  • Karen A. Doherty
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Syracuse University, NY
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
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  • Correspondence to Carly C. M. Alicea: ccmaldon@syr.edu
  • Editor-in-Chief: Frederick (Erick) Gallun
    Editor-in-Chief: Frederick (Erick) Gallun×
  • Editor: Steve Aiken
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Hearing / Research Articles
Research Article   |   December 20, 2017
Motivation to Address Self-Reported Hearing Problems in Adults With Normal Hearing Thresholds
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 2017, Vol. 60, 3642-3655. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-H-17-0110
History: Received March 27, 2017 , Revised July 6, 2017 , Accepted August 4, 2017
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 2017, Vol. 60, 3642-3655. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-H-17-0110
History: Received March 27, 2017; Revised July 6, 2017; Accepted August 4, 2017

Purpose The purpose of this study was to compare the motivation to change in relation to hearing problems in adults with normal hearing thresholds but who report hearing problems and that of adults with a mild-to-moderate sensorineural hearing loss. Factors related to their motivation were also assessed.

Method The motivation to change in relation to self-reported hearing problems was measured using the University of Rhode Island Change Assessment (McConnaughy, Prochaska, & Velicer, 1983). The relationship between objective and subjective measures and an adult's motivation was examined.

Results The level of hearing handicap did not differ significantly between adults with normal hearing who reported problems hearing in background noise and adults who had a mild-to-moderate sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing handicap, personal distress, and minimization of hearing loss were factors significantly related to motivation. Age, degree of hearing loss, speech-in-noise scores, working memory, and extended high-frequency average thresholds were not significantly related to their motivation.

Conclusions Adults with normal hearing thresholds but self-reported hearing problems had the same level of hearing handicap and were equally motivated to take action for their hearing problems as age-matched adults with a mild-to-moderate sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing handicap, personal distress, and minimization of hearing loss were most strongly correlated with an individual's motivation to change.

Acknowledgments
This research was funded by the Gerber Fund at Syracuse University.
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