The application of stigma-induced identity threat to individuals with hearing loss
Conventional wisdom within audiologic rehabilitation suggests that hearing loss stigma and the stigma associated with hearing aids act as a barrier to persons with hearing loss entering rehabilitative services. Regrettably, this knowledge has led to few investigations attempting to better understand this phenomenon. In recent years, researchers in the social sciences have made great strides to conceptualize stigma from the perspective of people who are the target of prejudicial attitudes. In our view, most of these concepts proposed are applicable to the social stigma associated with hearing loss. In the present article we attempt to position hearing loss stigma within a model of stigma-induced identity threat. Based on this new information, we explore how intervention services could be modified to better serve individuals who show signs that their personal identity is diminished due to the fact that they have a hearing loss..