Treatment for hearing loss among the elderly: auditory outcomes and impact on quality of life
Keywords: 
Presbycusis
Age-related hearing loss
Cochlear implant
Hearing aid
Elderly
Auditory outcomes
Quality of life
Issue Date: 
3-Nov-2016
Publisher: 
Karger Publishers
ISSN: 
1420-3030
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This article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND)
Citation: 
Manrique-Huarte, R. (Raquel); Calavia, D. (Diego); Huarte-Irujo, A. (Alicia); et al. "Treatment for hearing loss among the elderly: auditory outcomes and impact on quality of life". Audiology and Neurotology. (21), 2016-11-03, 29 - 35
Abstract
The study aim was to determine the benefit of cochlear im- plantation and hearing aids in older adults diagnosed with hearing loss and to evaluate the index of depression, anxiety and quality of life after such treatments. A retrospective co- hort comprised 117 patients older than 65 years and diag- nosed with moderate to profound hearing loss who were included and classified into 2 groups (treated vs. non-treat- ed). A battery of tests including auditory (pure-tone average, disyllabic words in quiet at 65 dB SPL) and findings from a series of questions relevant to quality of life were compared between both groups. Auditory outcomes for disyllabic words were 58.21% for the cochlear implant-treated group and 82.8% for the hearing aid-treated group. There was a positive effect on anxiety, depression, health status and quality of life in the cochlear implant group versus the pro- found hearing loss control group. We conclude that older adults with moderate to profound hearing loss gain benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants not only in terms of improved hearing function, but also in terms of positive ef- fects on anxiety, depression, health status and quality of life.

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