Hearing Instruments: A Psychologic and Behavioral Perspective

This article focuses on three major concepts: hearing aid acceptance as a form of behavioral change, the influence of explanatory style on wearer success or failure, and the practical elements of managing post-fitting wearer behavior. Behavioral change is discussed in terms of a transtheoretical approach, including the stages of change and its promotion. The article also introduces the Hearing Functioning Profile which is designed to allow practitioners to methodically monitor and manage wearer post-fitting behavior.