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Impact of cochlear implantation on quality of life and mental comorbidity in patients aged 80

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  • November 29, 2016
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Research into other conditions shows that social support helps achieve positive outcomes and improved quality of life. The Ménière’s patients rated their quality of life significantly worse than did healthy reference groups in both the physical and the psychosocial dimensions. Some papers about the theme show that tinnitus impact in quality of life seems to be more related to psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety. This prospective clinical study was performed in the Otolaryngology Department of Guilan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. The speech understanding was assessed with the Freiburg Monosyllabic Test, whereas the subjective hearing was evaluated with the Oldenburg Inventory. After the surgery, not only the subjective hearing but also health-related quality of life, speech understanding, and tinnitus distress of the implanted patients improved significantly. The disease-specific impact was explained by episodes of vertigo, fatigue, communication problems, inability to work, restriction of life, and uncertainty of life.

This study demonstrates a significant improvement in the quality of life and speech understanding in a group of elderly patients who underwent cochlear implantation. An additional positive indicator of a promising hearing rehabilitation was a significant improvement of the tinnitus distress. Our study demonstrates high prevalence of tinnitus amongst the younger population in our region especially females with significant reduction in their HRQoL.

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