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Audiology and Speech Research 2017;13(4): 304-308.
Published online: October 31, 2017.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.21848/asr.2017.13.4.304
보청기 착용이 노인성 난청인의 어음지각과 삶의 질에 미치는 효과
박미혜1, 박주홍2
1가야대학교 언어치료청각학과
2가야대학교 보건대학원 언어병리학과
Effects of a Hearing Aid on Speech Perception and Quality of Life of the Elderly with Hearing Loss
Mee Hye Park1, Ju Hong Park2
1SLP & Audiology Kaya University, Gimhae, Korea
2Graduate School of Public Health, Kaya University, Gimhea, Korea
Correspondence  Mee Hye Park ,Tel: +82-55-330-1169, Fax: +82-55-330-1045, Email: park2809@hanmail.net
Received: September 29, 2017; Revised: October 9, 2017   Accepted: October 11, 2017.  Published online: October 31, 2017.
ABSTRACT
Purpose:
This study aims to investigate the effects of wearing a hearing aid on the speech perception and hearing handicap index of the elderly with presbycusis.
Method:
This study examined whether there were differences in the scores of consonant and sentence perception and hearing handicap index according to age and degree of hearing loss with 34 the elderly with presbycusis.
Results:
First, there was a significant difference in consonant perception before and after wearing a hearing aids. However, there was a significant difference in consonant perception according to the degrees of hearing loss while there was no significant difference according to age. Second, there was a significant difference in the score of sentence perception before and after wearing a hearing aid. In addition, there was a significant difference in the score of sentence perception according to age and the degree of hearing loss, too. Third, there was a significant difference in hearing handicap index before and after wearing a hearing aid. In addition, there was a significant difference in hearing handicap index according to age and the degree of hearing loss.
Conclusion:
It is noted that wearing a hearing aid has positive effects on speech perception and hearing handicap index of the elderly with presbycusis, and it is concluded that even in patients with presbycusis, the effects of hearing aids increase in those who are relatively younger with less hearing loss.
Key Words: Hearing aid, Presbycusis, Speech perception, Quality of life.
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