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This study was conducted to see if there were differences in perceptions between a person with hearing loss and their communication partners regarding how well they felt the communication partner performed requested accommodations for the hearing loss. Factors were analyzed to see if they impacted differences in accommodation perception, one of which was degree of hearing handicap measured by the Hearing Handicap Inventory-Screening (Ventry & Weisman, 1982). Paired t tests were used to analyze differences in performance ratings while an analysis of variance or Kruskal-Wallis H test was used to evaluate the impact of the factors on differences in accommodation perceptions. There were 73 pairs of communication partners and persons with hearing loss whose responses were included in the analysis. Results indicated statistically significant differences such as communication partners viewed themselves as performing accommodations better than the person with hearing loss thought they did regarding face visualizing accommodations only. Two factors—hearing handicap score and length of knowing their pair—showed statistically significant differences in perceived accommodation performance. Both the person with hearing loss and communication partner rated the communication partner as less than excellent at accommodating iv regardless of differences in perception. This information could be helpful for aural rehabilitation and counseling patients with hearing loss.
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