The influence of marginal hearing loss on subjective well-being was studied in order to assess the audiological rehabilitation needs of older individuals.
Behavioral and audiological data were obtained from 40 subjects 61-81 years of age.
Group A included 20 subjects with normal audiometric thresholds.
Group B included 20 subjects with mild-to-moderate degrees of high-frequency hearing loss.
Each subject completed a hearing loss screening survey, an Assistive Technology Device Predisposition Assessment (ATD PA) and a Profile of Hearing Aid Performance (PHAP).
The PHAP and hearing loss screen were adequate assessments of self-reported hearing loss, as was the subjective rating of hearing section of the ATD PA.
People with high-frequency marginal hearing loss reported on the ATD PA less satisfaction with their independence, reduced emotional well-being, and more limitation from their hearing loss than those with normal hearing.
It is concluded that marginal degrees of hearing loss in older persons can influence subjective well-being, which suggests the importance of a renewed emphasis on audiological rehabilitation for this population.
Mots-clés Pascal : Surdité, Diminution, Audition, Evaluation, Qualité vie, Demande thérapeutique, Réhabilitation, Exploration, Personne âgée, Homme, ORL pathologie, Trouble audition, Réadaptation physique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hearing loss, Decrease, Hearing, Evaluation, Quality of life, Therapeutical request, Rehabilitation, Exploration, Elderly, Human, ENT disease, Auditory disorder, Physical rehabilitation
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0334993
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 16/11/1999.