Parent-Professional Partnerships

Audiologists' communication behavior during hearing device management appointments (2017)

  • This article is about...audiologists' communication with parents and adult patients during hearing device-monitoring appointments before and after training on counseling skills.
  • The study found...that counseling training helped audiologists provide parents with more opportunities to talk during the appointment. Other important counseling skills did not change. Audiologists infrequently used counseling skills such as checking on and addressing patient emotions.
  • This is important because...audiologists need to use counseling skills to help parents work through challenges they experience related to their child’s hearing loss. Training programs need to consider the support audiologists may need to implement skills routinely in practice.
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Parents' perspective of the early diagnostic period of their child with hearing loss: information and support (2017)

  • This article is about...parent perspectives of their experience with audiologists after their child was diagnosed with hearing loss.
  • The study found...that this experience was difficult emotionally for parents. Most parents felt satisfied with the verbal and written support from audiologists; however, some parents felt dissatisfied.
  • This is important because...attending to parents’ information and emotional support needs helps them make informed decisions and cope as they learn how to help their child.
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