Cochleaimplantat til døve voksne: konsekvenser for livskvaliteten

Translated title of the contribution: Cochlear implantation in deaf adults: effect on quality of life

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Our aim was to assess the effect of cochlear implant (CI) surgery on the mental quality of life in totally deaf adults using a generic type of questionnaire.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The survey comprised 40 adult CI users who answered a standard and a retrospective version of the Short Form 36 questionnaire (SF-36). In the questionnaires, specific questions focused on four dimensions of the mental quality of life: vitality, social functioning, and emotional and mental health.

RESULTS: Due to qualitative and quantitative deficiencies, the emotional scale was omitted. A statistically significant improvement in the quality of life (p<05) was demonstrated in the three remaining subscales between pre-implant and post-implant scores. The greatest improvement was observed in the social functioning subscale. Pre-implant mean scores on all three subscales of the SF-36 were markedly below the mean scores of the equivalent subscales of the Danish population, whereas the post-implant mean scores in two out of three cases were above the mean scores of the Danish population.

DISCUSSION: CI was shown to have a statistically significant positive impact on the quality of life of adult deaf patients. This is in accordance with other published studies.

Translated title of the contributionCochlear implantation in deaf adults: effect on quality of life
Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Volume168
Issue number33
Pages (from-to)2656-9
Number of pages4
ISSN0041-5782
Publication statusPublished - 14. Aug 2006

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