Behavioural and attitudinal responses to cochlear implantation

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Invitation for GPs to participate in a study about cochlear implants in the older population.

You are invited to participate in a study that looks at people’s experiences of hearing loss, and healthcare professionals’ consultation approaches for people with hearing loss. This study aims to provide results that will enhance patients’ quality of life and improve services for patients with a hearing loss.

To participate in this study, you must consult, as a healthcare professional, with people with marked (severe-to-profound) sensorineural hearing loss that occurred after 5 years of age.

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be asked to:

  • participate in a 1.5 hour focus group discussion that will be facilitated and observed, with notes and an audio-recording of the discussion. If you are unable to attend the focus group, you may be interviewed over the phone/skype or email. You will not be identified in any way, and none of the data used, as a result of the focus group, will include your name
  • complete a brief, 3 page questionnaire immediately before or after the focus group discussion, containing non-identifiable information about yourself, and your professional experiences
  • complete a brief survey, at a later date, about your professional experience of working with patients who may need cochlear implants.

Participants will be provided with a stipend for travel time and participation, as a gesture of appreciation for their time and involvement in the study.

The study is being led by Professor Frances Rapport, Macquarie University, contact 02 9850 2320 or This study is supported by Cochlear Ltd.

Please contact Mia Bierbaum, the study researcher on 02 9850 2445 or to express an interest in participating in the study, or for more information about the study.