Peer-support groups’ (PSGs) involvement in rehabilitation of people with different health issues can have a very positive impact on the patients’ wellbeing as showed in a various literature on the subject. This study involves analysis of data from previous studies in reference to peer-support groups’ involvement in audiology rehabilitation. A secondary content analysis was performed on the data and different benefits of PSGs were investigated. Unsurprisingly, the results obtained showed that there are several positive aspects of participation in PSGs such as easy access to practical information about hearing aids, interaction with people with similar problems leading to social belongings and helping others leading to better wellbeing and self-perception. Although the authors only discussed benefits associated with PSGs involvement, and, as they rightly indicated, negative aspects should also be analysed in the future, this study showed how PSGs may be a very useful tool in audiological rehabilitation. Various research shows that hearing aids often end up in a drawer due to excessive expectations. This study showed that participation in PSGs helps their members to understand the limitations of hearing aids better. Taking into account constant pressure on audiologist to decrease time of consultations and to see more customers during a day, increasing the knowledge about local PSGs could be of a great benefit for both customers and audiologists.

Reported benefits of peer support group involvement by adults with hearing loss.
Southall K, Jennings MB, Gagné JP, Young J.
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Joanna Lemanska

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

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