The purpose of this study was to determine how audiologists that treated adult clients/patients with tinnitus conducted the counseling aspect of their practices. The researcher sent out electronic surveys via email to audiologists that practiced in the United States. The survey asked questions including but not limited to – how patients have reacted both socially and emotionally to their diagnosis; the severity levels of tinnitus that the patients presented with; and the audiologists’ use of informational and personal adjustment counseling. Respondents to the survey stated that patients tended to react with a variety of emotions ranging from shock and confusion to relief and agreement. They also said that they tended to use informational counseling more than personal adjustment counseling in their practices. Other results lead the researcher to conclude that audiologists tend to become more sure of themselves as counselors as time passes when it comes to providing personal adjustment counseling. The researcher also concluded that personal adjustment counseling is a vital part of treating patients who have been diagnosed with tinnitus and hearing aids are a very useful way of treating tinnitus.
Cooper, Arjun, "This Constant Ringing is Driving me Crazy: How Audiologists Serve as both Health Care Providers and Counselors when Treating Adult Patients with Tinnitus" (2016). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7083.
Speech and Hearing Science
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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