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Hearing difficulties, uptake and outcomes of hearing aids in people 85 years of age
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Technical Audiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Sinnescentrum, Department of ENT - Head and Neck Surgery UHL.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Geriatric. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Geriatric Medicine.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Geriatric. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Geriatric Medicine.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Geriatric. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Geriatric Medicine.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 51, no 2, 108-115 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate self-reported hearing difficulties, uptake, and hearing-aid outcomes and their relationships to demographic, cognitive, psychosocial, and health variables in 85 year olds. Design and study sample: Three hundred and forty-six elderly adults participated in a survey that included questionnaires and home visits. Fifty-five percent of participants admitted to having hearing difficulties, and 59% of these owned hearing aids. The participants most frequently cited reason for not acquiring hearing aids was that they did not think their hearing problem was perceived as severe enough. Participants with hearing difficulties who did not own hearing aids showed worse general and mental health. Many of the elderly participants were successful in their rehabilitation, and their hearing-aid outcomes were similar to those of a younger group, with the exception of a greater proportion of non-users among the elderly. Conclusion: Many older people with self-reported hearing difficulties do not acquire hearing aids, despite this studys findings that older people are likely to have success with hearing rehabilitation. It is important to make greater efforts to try to increase elderly adults awareness of hearing loss and the benefits of hearing rehabilitation.

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Informa Healthcare, 2012. Vol. 51, no 2, 108-115 p.
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self-reported hearing difficulties, hearing aids, elderly, general health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-74754DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2011.622301ISI: 000299291800006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-74754DiVA: diva2:491940
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funding agencies|Gunnar Arnbrinks Foundation||County of Ostergotland||Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology||Available from: 2012-02-07 Created: 2012-02-07 Last updated: 2017-12-08

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