Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Carolyn Wiles Higdon

Second Advisor

Rebecca Lowe

Third Advisor

Anne Williams

Relational Format



Evidence-based practice in audiology may consist of a patient-centered approach or a biomedical approach when offering individuals the results of hearing evaluations. Boisvert et al. (2017) and the Institute for Defense Analysis confirmed that audiologists preferred to select one approach. The question was if an audiology patient is presented with two options of explaining the hearing health issues, which model/approach will be his or her preference?

Participants may have had unconscious biases related to race or gender that could have unknowingly impacted their perception of the videos. The results of this research will facilitate clinical understanding of individual preferences regarding hearing aid recommendations, leading to improved health outcomes.

The author addressed the decisions patients and doctors may encounter specific to chosen approaches for interpreting hearing diagnostics to individuals. The question of preferred approaches for both patients and audiologists to hearing health care recommendations is emerging in the literature, and this study continues to address the preferences. Clinical implications, limitations, and future research needs were also discussed.

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