Date of Graduation

Fall 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Research Sponsor

Dr. Kristina English

First Reader

Dr. James Steiger

Second Reader

Dr. Scott Palasik

Abstract

This project is a literature review on the topic of hearing loss related stigma and the effects it has on persons with hearing loss. There has not been very much research conducted on this topic, which limited the paper’s content. Through researching and analyzing previous studies, it was found that a stigma related to hearing loss still exists today and has multiple effects on persons with hearing loss. The stigma can put negative stress on patients with hearing loss, both psychologically and socially, and may even cause them to not seek or accept treatment when needed. Younger adults are more likely to experience this stigma and be affected by it. Ways to overcome this stigma, such as peer support groups, are outlined in this paper. It is important for hearing care professionals to be aware of this stigma and its effects when treating persons with hearing loss.

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