This thesis “Presbycusis – speech-language therapy and counseling” deals with the interaction of speech-language therapy and age-related hearing loss. The major object is to identify the possibilities, the determining factors and the process of speech-language therapy as a treatment for age-related hearing loss.
Qualitative expert interviews conducted were the primary source of data for this study. For exploring the data, the transcripts of the interviews were inspected by qualitative content analysis according to Mayring (2003). Afterwards the obtained results were compared to literature.
This study supports the view that an individually adjusted speech-language therapy is able to improve speech intelligibility and general living conditions of affected people. In this case the speech-language therapy consists of a auditory training part and a counselling part.
Nevertheless, the valuation of speech-language therapy in the field of age-related hearing loss is very low. A lack of acceptance for hearing impairment and unrealistic expectations to aural rehabilitation can be jointly responsible. Both factors can affect the process und the success of a speech-language therapy in an adverse way. Then again a speech-language therapy, especially the counselling part, could help to overcome these problems and could lead to a growing acceptance of hearing aid devices. Subsequently the valuation of speech-language therapy in the field of age-related hearing loss can grow.