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Citation:  Kramer, S. E. (2008). Hearing impairment, work and vocational enablement. International Journal of Audiology, 47 (2), S124-S130.
Title:  Hearing impairment, work and vocational enablement
Authors:  Kramer, S. E.
Year:  2008
Journal/Publication:  International Journal of Audiology
Publisher:  Informa Healthcare
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Cross-sectional

Structured abstract:

Background:  Employment is considered one of the major life areas. An increasing number of individuals with hearing loss are seeking help with occupational problems and need individualized employment supports.
Purpose:  This paper describes a recently developed vocational enablement protocol (VEP) addressing the specific needs of those with hearing loss in the workforce.
Setting:  The setting was an Audiological Center in a University Medical Center, in Amsterdam,
Study sample:  The study sample include 86 patients with hearing loss aged 19-64 years.
Intervention:  Vocational enablement protocol (VEP) *evaluation of the work situation and problems from both the patient's and the professionals perspective, including an assessment of the auditory demands at the the workplace *diagnostic examination of the individual's auditory profile *assessment of the an individual's coping abilities *an examination of the workplace *recommendations for an enablement plan an options available * written report Implementation of the recommendations
Control or comparison condition:  There was no control or comparison condition.
Data collection and analysis:  Data from the VEP was collected and discussed in a board multidisciplinary team.
Findings:  Recommendations were made by the multidisciplinary team in the following areas: hearing aid (re)fitting, communication training, environmental modifications, psychosocial counseling, assistive listening devices, re-delegation of assignments, restructuring of time schedules, further medical examination, occupations retraining, hearing protection.
Conclusions:  This program may be regarded as a step forward in the management of people with hearing loss who experience problems as work, but there is still room for improvement. There is no scientific evidence available for the effectiveness and efficiency of the recommendations proposed.

Disabilities served:  Hearing impairment
Populations served:  Gender: Female and Male
Interventions:  Other
Outcomes:  Other