Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Australian Audiologists in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adults With Hearing Loss.

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  • Additional Information
    • Affiliation:
      Ear Science Institute Australia, Subiaco, Western Australia
      Ear Sciences Centre, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Australia
      School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
      Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
      Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
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    • Abstract:
      Purpose: Emotional and mental health is essential to overall health, but there has been little research on how to approach emotional and mental health in the audiology setting. This study provides a preliminary investigation into the current knowledge, beliefs, and practices of Australian audiologists in addressing the emotional and mental health needs of adults with hearing loss. Method: A 22-item survey using open- and closed-ended questions was completed by 95 Australian audiologists using a cross-sectional study design. Results: Two thirds of audiologists described being underconfident and lacking the skills required to provide emotional support to people with hearing loss. Barriers to delivering emotional support included feeling out of their depth (56.6%), time/caseload pressures (55.3%), and the perception that the provision of emotional support was not within an audiologist's scope of practice (31.6%). Audiologists described a desire to refer clients to mental health professionals yet highlighted significant barriers, including not knowing who to refer to (54.7%), when to make a referral (49.3%), or how to make a referral (38.6%). Audiologists overwhelmingly (96%) indicated that they would like to develop their knowledge and skills associated with the provision of emotional and mental health support in the audiological setting. Conclusion: Knowledge, skills, and time were identified as the key areas that require attention in order to allow audiologists to address the emotional and mental health needs of adults with hearing loss.
    • Journal Subset:
      Allied Health; Peer Reviewed; USA
    • Instrumentation:
      Knowledge of Late Life Depression Scale¿Revised (KLLD-R)
    • ISSN:
      1059-0889
    • MEDLINE Info:
      NLM UID: 9114917
    • Grant Information:
      This work was funded by the Ear Science Institute Australia
    • Publication Date:
      20200611
    • Publication Date:
      20200617
    • DOI:
      http://dx.doi.org/10.1044/2019_AJA-19-00087
    • Accession Number:
      143637990
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BENNETT, R. J. et al. Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Australian Audiologists in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adults With Hearing Loss. American Journal of Audiology, [s. l.], v. 29, n. 2, p. 129–142, 2020. DOI 10.1044/2019_AJA-19-00087. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=143637990. Acesso em: 12 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Bennett RJ, Meyer CJ, Ryan B, Barr C, Laird E, Eikelboom RH. Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Australian Audiologists in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adults With Hearing Loss. American Journal of Audiology. 2020;29(2):129-142. doi:10.1044/2019_AJA-19-00087
    • APA:
      Bennett, R. J., Meyer, C. J., Ryan, B., Barr, C., Laird, E., & Eikelboom, R. H. (2020). Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Australian Audiologists in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adults With Hearing Loss. American Journal of Audiology, 29(2), 129–142. https://doi.org/10.1044/2019_AJA-19-00087
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Bennett, Rebecca J., Carly J. Meyer, Brooke Ryan, Caitlin Barr, Emma Laird, and Robert H. Eikelboom. 2020. “Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Australian Audiologists in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adults With Hearing Loss.” American Journal of Audiology 29 (2): 129–42. doi:10.1044/2019_AJA-19-00087.
    • Harvard:
      Bennett, R. J. et al. (2020) ‘Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Australian Audiologists in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adults With Hearing Loss’, American Journal of Audiology, 29(2), pp. 129–142. doi: 10.1044/2019_AJA-19-00087.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Bennett, RJ, Meyer, CJ, Ryan, B, Barr, C, Laird, E & Eikelboom, RH 2020, ‘Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Australian Audiologists in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adults With Hearing Loss’, American Journal of Audiology, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 129–142, viewed 12 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Bennett, Rebecca J., et al. “Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Australian Audiologists in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adults With Hearing Loss.” American Journal of Audiology, vol. 29, no. 2, June 2020, pp. 129–142. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1044/2019_AJA-19-00087.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Bennett, Rebecca J., Carly J. Meyer, Brooke Ryan, Caitlin Barr, Emma Laird, and Robert H. Eikelboom. “Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Australian Audiologists in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adults With Hearing Loss.” American Journal of Audiology 29, no. 2 (June 2020): 129–42. doi:10.1044/2019_AJA-19-00087.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bennett RJ, Meyer CJ, Ryan B, Barr C, Laird E, Eikelboom RH. Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Australian Audiologists in Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Adults With Hearing Loss. American Journal of Audiology [Internet]. 2020 Jun [cited 2020 Aug 12];29(2):129–42. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=143637990