International survey of audiologists during the COVID-19 pandemic: effects on mental well-being of audiologists

Rebecca J. Bennett, Vinay Manchaiah, Robert H. Eikelboom, Johanna C. Badcock, De Wet Swanapoel

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of the study was to examine the mental well-being of audiologists in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Design: A cross-sectional online survey was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, between 23 June and 13 August 2020. A self-report survey included screening measures for psychological distress (PHQ-4: anxiety and depression) and loneliness (UCLA-3). Study sample: 239 audiologists from around the world. Results: The prevalence of psychological distress was 12.1% (subscales for anxiety 16.3% and depression 10.4%), and loneliness 32.2%. Depression and loneliness were higher in those participants self-reporting perceived job insecurity, with psychological distress (anxiety and depression) higher in those from South Africa. Accessibility to Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) appears to be a protective factor. Conclusions: Well-being interventions, such as EAPS, are needed to support audiologists during challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume61
Issue number4
Early online date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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