Communication Partner Involvement in Auditory Rehabilitation: It's Time to Include Adult Children Family-centered care emphasizes collaboration and open communication between the patient, clinician, and the family. Social support from a frequent communication partner can help to promote initiation of hearing health care services, auditory rehabilitation (AR), or everyday communication management. Research in the caregiving fields has shown different amounts of caregiving burden ... Article
Article  |   December 14, 2017
Communication Partner Involvement in Auditory Rehabilitation: It's Time to Include Adult Children
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Raquel M. Heacock
    Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders, University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
  • Jill E. Preminger
    Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Communicative Disorders, University of Louisville, School of Medicine, Louisville, KY
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  • Financial: The Oticon Foundation funded research by Jill E Preminger related to this topic. Raquel M Heacock has no financial disclosures to report.
    Financial: The Oticon Foundation funded research by Jill E Preminger related to this topic. Raquel M Heacock has no financial disclosures to report.×
  • Nonfinancial: Jill E. Preminger is a member of the Phonak Patient and Family Centered Care Expert Circle. Raquel M Heacock has no nonfinancial disclosures to report. Portions of this article were presented at the 7th International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference (May 2013) and at AudiologyNow! (April 2017).
    Nonfinancial: Jill E. Preminger is a member of the Phonak Patient and Family Centered Care Expert Circle. Raquel M Heacock has no nonfinancial disclosures to report. Portions of this article were presented at the 7th International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference (May 2013) and at AudiologyNow! (April 2017).×
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Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Part 2
Article   |   December 14, 2017
Communication Partner Involvement in Auditory Rehabilitation: It's Time to Include Adult Children
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 56-62. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.56
History: Received August 14, 2017 , Revised November 8, 2017 , Accepted November 8, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 56-62. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG7.56
History: Received August 14, 2017; Revised November 8, 2017; Accepted November 8, 2017

Family-centered care emphasizes collaboration and open communication between the patient, clinician, and the family. Social support from a frequent communication partner can help to promote initiation of hearing health care services, auditory rehabilitation (AR), or everyday communication management. Research in the caregiving fields has shown different amounts of caregiving burden in adult children compared to spouses, thus the audiologist should recognize that the adult child may be trying to assist their parent in the AR process, while at the same time juggling multiple responsibilities of their own such as a career or raising children. Preliminary investigations of the role of the adult child in the AR process are discussed in order to determine if adult children should be considered differently than spouses in the AR process, primarily due to the fact that many adult children may not live with their parent. The article concludes with 3 recommendations to include communication partners in AR, ranging from invitations to the hearing health care appointment, the physical setup of the room, introducing discussion regarding family-centered care, and the use of tools to promote a structured discussion to include all in the shared decision-making process.

Acknowledgments
Portions of the research discussed in this article were funded by a grant from the Oticon Foundation. The authors wish to thank our colleague Joseph J. Montano for his input on topics related to those reported here. Portions of this article were presented at the 7th International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference (May 2013) and at AudiologyNow! (April 2017).
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