What are the motivators, barriers, and compliance factors affecting adult patient access and use of hearing rehabilitation healthcare?
Motivators to accessing care included higher degree of hearing loss, difficulty understanding speech, and a high level of confidence in the ability to access care. Barriers included denial of the problem, inconvenience, lack of support from family, and financial means.
Explore this issue:May 2017
Background: Hearing impairment is a common, chronic condition affecting a large portion of the population in the United States.
In spite of the high prevalence of hearing loss, utilization of diagnostic and therapeutic hearing healthcare is limited. Even when patients undergo appropriate hearing screening and referral in primary care clinics, there is evidence indicating poor adherence to recommended treatment.