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Quality of life and self-perceived hearing handicap in employees with mild-moderate hearing impairment
Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Disability Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Center for Health Care Sciences, Örebro University Hospital, Sweden.
Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
Örebro Universitetssjukhus, audiologiskt forskningscentrum, Örebro Universitet.
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2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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.

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2013. 184-184 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105070OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-105070DiVA: diva2:703428
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Second International Conference on Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication, Linköping June 16-19 2013 Sweden
Available from: 2014-03-06 Created: 2014-03-06 Last updated: 2014-03-06

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