This paper extends the self-categorisation model of symptom perception to predict that people aged 50 years and over will report higher levels of hearing handicap when they categorise themselves as members of a group of older people. This prediction is supported with an opportunity sample (N = 50; mean age = 63 years) who completed a questionnaire designed to screen for hearing handicap in “the elderly” (sic). Participants also underwent pure-tone audiometry, which confirmed that the observed difference in hearing handicap was not attributable to any difference in hearing threshold level. Hence these findings offer further support for the self-categorisation model of symptom perception. Their theoretical, clinical and methodological implications together with possible therapeutic applications of self-categorisation theory to auditory rehabilitation of older people are discussed.
|Translated title of the contribution||How do I know if I need a hearing aid? Further support for the self-categorisation approach to symptom perception|
|Pages (from-to)||24 - 41|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|