Illness perceptions and hearing difficulties in King-Kopetzky syndrome: what determines help seeking?

Helen Pryce, Chris Metcalfe, Amanda Hall, Lindsay St. Claire

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Abstract

The present study explored illness perceptions of hearing difficulties amongst one hundred participants who reported experiencing hearing difficulties despite normal audiometric thresholds. This experience is referred to as King-Kopetzky syndrome (KKS), obscure auditory dysfunction (OAD), or auditory processing disorder (APD). Logistic regression was used to consider the associations between help-seeking and a range of audiological and illness perception measures. Results indicate that help-seekers present with poorer speech in noise thresholds than non help-seekers, and that coherent illness perceptions and a negative belief in the consequences of hearing difficulties are associated with help-seeking status, regardless of hearing sensitivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-481
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume49
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

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