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Audiology Masterclass Series 2024

This series will focus on a range of topics of interest to audiologists, teachers, therapists and parents.
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28 March 2024
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Session 1: The cost of concealing: New learnings about stigma experiences of adults with hearing loss and their families (Dr Katie Ekberg)

12-1pm AEDT 28 March 2024

Stigma has long been implicated as a reason why adults with hearing impairment take an average of 7 to 10 years to seek help and why outcomes of hearing device fitting are less than optimal for some clients. However, the field has not developed a comprehensive understanding of why stigma occurs, nor has it related this comprehensive knowledge to a theoretical framework. We recently conducted a two-phase, multi-method study to systematically investigate how stigma is experienced by adults with hearing loss and their families, how they manage it in everyday life, and how these experiences relate to the decision to try hearing aids and to wear them in the long-term. The study findings revealed that stigma is a complex, social process experienced differently by adults with hearing loss and their family members. For some adults with hearing loss, the stigma associated with hearing loss was greater than stigma related to hearing aids. Both hearing loss and hearing aids were strongly associated with ageing. “Not Telling” is a major way that the stigma of hearing loss is responded to in everyday life. We concluded that stigma related to hearing loss is often not about the appearance of hearing aids. Whether an adult with hearing loss tells others about their hearing loss can be a key indicator of the level of stigma they experience.


  1. To gain a better understanding of the concept of stigma and how it relates to adults with acquired hearing loss and their families.
  2. To gain new insights into how adults with acquired hearing loss experience stigma in everyday life and how they respond to this stigma.
  3. To gain some clinical tips on how you can address stigma related to hearing loss and hearing aids within audiology appointments with adults with hearing loss and their families.

Session 2: What options do I have? Developing a prototype web-based decision aid for adults with hearing loss (Professor Louise Hickson)

12-1pm AEST 5 April 2024

There are a number of evidence-based options that can help adults manage their hearing loss but how can they find out about these options from a trusted source? In this project we developed a prototype of a decision aid to be used on a website for adults with hearing loss guided by the International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IPDAS). A total of 153 participants completed a survey about what to include in the decision aid (111 adults with hearing loss, 21 family members of adults with hearing loss, and 21 professionals). Subsequently, six adults with hearing loss and six family members participated in a think-aloud process to provide feedback as they used an initial version of the decision aid. The methodologies used in this study are recommended for audiologists to develop decision aids for their clients. The presentation is based on a paper recently published in the International Journal of Audiology.

More sessions to be announced shortly!

Session 1 has been accredited by Audiology Australia with endorsement number is CPD2324 075 with CPD Points: Category 1.2 – 1 CPD point. Expires 9/2/25.



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