Managing hearing loss in primary care
Lynzee McShea Senior clinical scientist (audiology), City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
Lynzee McShea examines how well the condition is detected and treated among adults with learning disabilities
Aim To improve access to, and aftercare from, audiology services for people with learning disabilities.
Method Semi-structured interviews were completed and interpreted using thematic analysis. Nine practitioners were interviewed across seven GP practices including three GPs and six practice nurses.
Findings Four central themes emerged from the interviews: awareness of audiology, roles and responsibilities, assumptions and barriers, and enablers.
Conclusion In primary care, people with learning disabilities and hearing loss are being assessed but detection and management of the condition is not occurring. Healthcare professionals need education and training on hearing loss to establish the benefits of treating adults with learning disabilities.
Learning Disability Practice.
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Conflict of interest
Received: 27 July 2015
Accepted: 08 October 2015
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