Semin Hear 2012; 33(01): 046-052
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1304727
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The Communication Rings: A Tool for Exploring the Social Networks of Individuals with Hearing Loss

Joseph J. Montano
1   Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York.
Hamamm AlMakadma
2   Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
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Publication Date:
20 March 2012 (online)


Social networks have a positive effect on the self-management of chronic health conditions. The Communication Rings, developed by faculty, staff, and participants at the Ida Institute, is a tool developed to help the audiologist identify the communication networks of their patients with hearing loss. It encourages individuals to consider the people who are important parts of their lives and the impact hearing loss may have on those relationships. This article discusses the development of the tool, instructions for use, and its application for clinical and academic purposes.