In this PhD dissertation, the Hearing Aid Rehabilitation Questionnaire (HARQ) was used to evaluate the hearing problems and attitudes experienced by people with and without hearing aids. It addressed disability, handicap, pressure from others to get one’s hearing tested, stigmatising attitudes with respect to hearing aids and the expected benefits of a hearing aid. Experiencing pressure from others to get one’s hearing tested does not affect the possession of hearing aids, but does affect conscious awareness of one’s own hearing impairment. Stigmatising attitudes towards hearing aids decrease with increasing hearing impairment, but more stigmatising attitudes were observed in people with mild hearing loss than in people who are not hard of hearing.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||22 Oct 2015|
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|