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William A. Villaume, Mary Helen Brown & Rieko Darling

In: Interpersonal Communication in Older Adulthood: Interdisciplinary Theory and Research

Chapter 5: Presbycusis, Communication, and Older Adults

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Presbycusis, Communication, and Older Adults
Presbycusis, communication, and older adults

Numerous stereotypes persist about how elderly adults communicate. They may be seen as tending to withdraw, to repeat themselves, to dominate conversations, to speak loudly, and/or to tell long stories (see Ryan, Kwong See, Meneer, & Trovato, Chapter 2, this volume). Consequently, they may be considered less than competent and may be spoken to as such. Although these stereotypes may have some observational basis in reality (see Gold, Arbuckle, & Andres, Chapter 6, this volume), the communicative habits of elderly individuals do not indicate that the elderly passively accept the negative effects of aging. In fact, their communicative patterns often include proactive strategies for coping with the stress imposed on communication by aging. In particular, our ...

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