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Psicologia & Sociedade

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RIBEIRO, Luciana M.  and  RASERA, Emerson F.. The elderly and the use of hearing aids: identifying the interpretative repertories that justify this decision. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2008, vol.20, n.3, pp.425-433. ISSN 0102-7182.

The aim of this study was to describe the interpretative repertoires used by hearing impaired elders in choosing to use hearing aids. Five hearing impaired elders, of both sexes, who used hearing aids, were interviewed. Data analysis was performed according to Discourse Analysis by Constructionist Approach. As results, we observed that the hearing aid users justified their decision using five repertoires: (1) The disturb of repetition; (2) Seeking prevention and self-care; (3) Taking advantage of a beneficial technological resource(4) The benefits surpass the limitations (5) The virtue of resignation. Seeking to combat the fragilities of each of these repertoires, they were used in a combined manner. We concluded that, when such repertoires were used, the interviewers sought to legitimize their decision to use hearing aids, demonstrating that this decision was taken in a critical manner and so must be respected.

Keywords : elderly; hearing aids; interpretative repertories; social constructionism.

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