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Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Cheesman, Dr. Jennings


This narrative study describes the stories of women who are experiencing a hearing loss while working. It seeks to understand why these women may or may not be accessing resources. A narrative approach was used in order to gain in-depth description of the experiences of the participants. Two one-on-one interviews were completed with each of the eight participants.

After analysis of the interviews, five themes emerged. These themes included degree of hearing loss and communication demands, childhood experiences, financial factors, knowledge and awareness of others, and workplace environments. Insights of this “invisible” disability as well as ways in which women understand and cope with their hearing loss are explained.

The results of this study will be used to facilitate future qualitative research in this area. They will be used to help change the ways in which individuals are managing a hearing loss while actively working.

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