Manchaiah, V.K.C.
British Academy of Audiology Conference 2011, Llandudno (UK), November 2011.
Publication year: 2011

Abstract

Health behaviour change (HBC) refers to facilitating changes to habits and/or behaviour related to health. In healthcare practice, is quite common that the interactions between practitioner and patient involve conversations related to HBC. This could be mainly in relation to the practitioner trying to directly persuade the patients to make some changes in their health behaviour. However, the patients may not be motivated as they do not see this change as important. For this reason, the approach of direct persuasion may result in breakdown of communication. In such instances, alternative approaches and means of indirect persuasion such as empowering the patient and their family members could be helpful. Furthermore, there are several models and/or theories proposed which explain the health behaviour and also provide a structured framework for health behaviour change. Many such models/approaches have been proven effective in facilitating HBC and health promotion in areas such as cessation of smoking, weight loss and so on. This paper provides an overview of main models/theories related to HBC and some insights into how these models/approaches could be adapted to facilitate behaviour change in hearing healthcare, mainly in relation to: (1) Hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake; and (2) Hearing conservation in relation to music-induced hearing loss (MIHL). In addition, elements of current research related to this area and future directions are highlighted.