<p>Hearing loss is associated with challenges in achieving effective communication which can constrain an individual’s ability to participate in social and work environments, affecting their social and emotional well-being. Through a thematic analysis of focus groups, interview and survey responses from 41 people experiencing post-lingual hearing loss, we identified an overarching theme of <em>adjusting to impaired communication</em> and three sub-themes in which we were able to identify the unmet social and emotional needs of people who are hard of hearing. In light of our analysis we discuss and offer recommendations specific to meeting the needs of this population.</p>
Declaration of Interests:
The authors have previously been, or are currently, employed at the Queensland Health Metro South Mental Health and Addiction Services, Statewide Deafness and Mental Health Service which provides consultation services, resources and workshops to the community and professionals. The Princess Alexandra Hospital Private Practice Trust Fund provided funding for real time captioning services for the project.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the various individuals and organizations that were involved in and contributed to the development of this project. Thank you to the participants who were involved in the project and for sharing your experiences with us. Thanks to the Princess Alexandra Hospital Private Practice Trust Fund for funding the Real Time Captioning and to Peter and Jill Lindley who assisted in organizing focus groups.