Quality of life and self-perceived hearing handicap in employees with mild-moderate hearing impairment
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Objectives: The aims were to compare health related quality of life (HRQOL) between two groups of employees with normal hearing and hearing impairment (HI) and the results were compared to a normative population. The second aim was to examine self-reported hearing handicap in employees with HI.Design: Data collection occurred in two separate sessions. A validated Swedish version of the Short form-36 (SF-36) was employed to determine HRQOL and The Hearing Handicap Inventory for Adults (HHIA) was used to measure self-perceived hearing handicap.Study Sample: The study sample consisted of hearing-impaired (n = 20) and normally hearing (n = 20) participants. The normative sample comprised of 597 matched respondents.Results: Hearing-impaired employees do not report significantly different HRQOL in comparison with a normative population, nor do they report significantly different HRQOL than their normally hearing peers except in physical functioning (p = 0.04). Results from the HHIA showed mild self-perceived hearing handicap.Conclusions: Employees with mild-moderate HI report good HRQOL and mild self-perceived hearing handicap. However, physical health can be affected even at a mild-moderate HI. This study supports previous literature that HA use, having a job and severity of HI may play a vital role for this group’s well-being.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 184-184 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105070OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-105070DiVA: diva2:703428
Second International Conference on Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication, Linköping June 16-19 2013 Sweden