Counseling Adolescents With Hearing Loss Using a Narrative Therapy Approach Audiologists have a responsibility to counsel patients with auditory concerns on methods to manage the inherent challenges associated with hearing loss at every point in the process: evaluation, hearing aid fitting, and follow-up visits. Adolescents with hearing loss struggle with the typical developmental challenges along with communicative challenges that can ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2009
Counseling Adolescents With Hearing Loss Using a Narrative Therapy Approach
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Rebecca L. Nelson Crowell
    St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
  • Julie Hanenburg
    Lighthouse Child and Family Services, St. Cloud, MN
  • Amy Gilbertson
    St. Cloud Public Schools, St. Cloud, MN
  • Lauren SmithColumn Editor
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Audiology
Article   |   June 01, 2009
Counseling Adolescents With Hearing Loss Using a Narrative Therapy Approach
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2009, Vol. 19, 72-78. doi:10.1044/aas19.2.72
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2009, Vol. 19, 72-78. doi:10.1044/aas19.2.72
Abstract

Audiologists have a responsibility to counsel patients with auditory concerns on methods to manage the inherent challenges associated with hearing loss at every point in the process: evaluation, hearing aid fitting, and follow-up visits. Adolescents with hearing loss struggle with the typical developmental challenges along with communicative challenges that can erode one's self-esteem and self-worth. The feeling of “not being connected” to peers can result in feelings of isolation and depression. This article advocates the use of a Narrative Therapy approach to counseling adolescents with hearing loss. Adolescents with hearing loss often have problem-saturated narratives regarding various components of their daily life, friendships, amplification, academics, etc. Audiologists can work with adolescents with hearing loss to deconstruct the problem-saturated narratives and rebuild the narratives into a more empowering message. As the adolescent retells their positive narrative, they are likely to experience increased self-esteem and self-worth.

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