Managing hearing loss in primary care
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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. 18, 10, 18-23. doi: 10.7748/ldp.18.10.18.s19


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 27 July 2015

Accepted: 08 October 2015