Application of the Health Belief Model to Help-Seeking Behaviors of Working Men With Hearing Impairment Living in Deprivation in New Zealand There is a growing area of research investigating the relationship between hearing impairment and deprivation; However, this has not been investigated in New Zealand. This study used the Health Belief Model as a framework to investigate if men of high relative deprivation had barriers to seeking hearing services. Twelve participants ... Article
Article  |   December 14, 2017
Application of the Health Belief Model to Help-Seeking Behaviors of Working Men With Hearing Impairment Living in Deprivation in New Zealand
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Phillip Luey
    Department of Communication Disorders, The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
  • Kim Wise
    Department of Communication Disorders, The University of Canterbury, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
  • Disclosures
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  • Financial: Phillip Luey has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kim Wise is a lecturer at the University of Canterbury.
    Financial: Phillip Luey has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kim Wise is a lecturer at the University of Canterbury.×
  • Nonfinancial: Phillip Luey and Kim Wise have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Phillip Luey and Kim Wise have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / International & Global / Part 2
Article   |   December 14, 2017
Application of the Health Belief Model to Help-Seeking Behaviors of Working Men With Hearing Impairment Living in Deprivation in New Zealand
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 39-47. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.39
History: Received March 14, 2017 , Revised September 21, 2017 , Accepted October 7, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 39-47. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.39
History: Received March 14, 2017; Revised September 21, 2017; Accepted October 7, 2017

There is a growing area of research investigating the relationship between hearing impairment and deprivation; However, this has not been investigated in New Zealand. This study used the Health Belief Model as a framework to investigate if men of high relative deprivation had barriers to seeking hearing services. Twelve participants were recruited and semi-structured interviews were conducted using the Hearing Beliefs Questionnaire. Overall, participants thought they were susceptible to hearing impairment and the impact of hearing impairment could be severe. All participants identified barriers to help-seeking for hearing services and amplification. Most participants believed that amplification would be beneficial, but only under certain conditions.

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