How do I know if I need a hearing aid? Further support for the self-categorisation approach to symptom perception

L St Claire, Y. He

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)peer-review

15 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

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 contributionHow do I know if I need a hearing aid? Further support for the self-categorisation approach to symptom perception
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24 - 41
JournalApplied Psychology
Volume58
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'How do I know if I need a hearing aid? Further support for the self-categorisation approach to symptom perception'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this