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A thorough assessment of audiological needs is crucial for a successful audiological rehabilitation. This study concentrated on creating the Québec Audiological Assessment Protocol for Younger and Older Adults (QAAP-YOA) that could be easily adopted in audiological clinics. The authors used the Knowledge to Action (KTA) framework to develop the protocol that was based on International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework and the client-centred approach. The main aim of this study was to create a protocol that results in a clear patient management plan. The protocol was reviewed by an expert panel consisting of 15 members, most of whom were experienced audiologists, and consulted with 14 clinical audiologists with different work experience. Additionally, the clinical tool based on the protocol was developed by authors. The reviewed protocol consists of five sections concerning audiological needs, living conditions, personal factors, treatment goals discussion and recommendations. QAAP-YOA is an extensive tool allowing flexibility that is so important when creating an individual management plan (IMP). A well-constructed IMP based on a person-centred approach leads to successful audiological rehabilitation. However, it is important to mention that the presented template is a detailed, nine-page document that is expected to be completed during the audiological appointment. This may be a challenge, considering limited time per appointment. As the authors indicated, with rapid telehealth development, the digitalisation of the clinical tool and its distribution prior to the appointment may address the time limitation issue.

Development of a protocol and a clinical tool to assess the audiological needs of younger and older adults with hearing loss.
Hotton M, Gagné JP.
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Joanna Lemanska

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

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