2019 Volume 62 Issue 4 Pages 290-298
We investigated the degree of disability associated with hearing difficulties and consciousness of hearing impairment using a semi-structured interview in 4 people with moderate hearing loss. Thirty concepts related to the disorder of hearing in people with moderate hearing loss were generated from the interview, and the individual circumstances about the difficulty of hearing, coping, method, and change in the sense of hearing impairment. Even though listening to speech was good, they found it difficult to listen to conversations. However they acknowledged the commonality in dealing with the use of conversational strategies and their own information gathering. In addition, although the consciousness about hearing impairment varied depending on the individual growth history and environment, however, in general, there are more negative awareness than the acceptance of hearing impairment. It was shown that hearing impairment and negative awareness were always mixed at any life stage. We suggest that it is necessary to provide information and long-term support depending on the stage of development of the affected person.