Conducting qualitative research in audiology: a tutorial

Int J Audiol. 2012 Feb;51(2):83-92. doi: 10.3109/14992027.2011.606283. Epub 2011 Sep 15.


Objective: Qualitative research methodologies are being used more frequently in audiology as it allows for a better understanding of the perspectives of people with hearing impairment. This article describes why and how international interdisciplinary qualitative research can be conducted.

Design: This paper is based on a literature review and our recent experience with the conduction of an international interdisciplinary qualitative study in audiology.

Results: We describe some available qualitative methods for sampling, data collection, and analysis and we discuss the rationale for choosing particular methods. The focus is on four approaches which have all previously been applied to audiologic research: grounded theory, interpretative phenomenological analysis, conversational analysis, and qualitative content analysis.

Conclusions: This article provides a review of methodological issues useful for those designing qualitative research projects in audiology or needing assistance in the interpretation of qualitative literature.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Audiology / methods*
  • Audiology / statistics & numerical data
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Qualitative Research*
  • Research Design* / statistics & numerical data