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Audiology 2013;9(2): 165-174.
Published online: December 31, 2013.
doi: http://doi.org/10.21848/audiol.2013.9.2.165
노년기 청각장애를 위한 삶의 질 지수의 표준화
세한대학교 언어치료청각학과
The Standards Quality of Life Scales for Hearing Handicap of the Elderly
Eun Yeong Shin
Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Sehan University, Yeongam, Korea
Correspondence  Eun Yeong Shin ,Tel: (061)469-1483, Fax: (061)469-1317, Email: shiney@sehan.ac.kr
Received: October 21, 2013; Revised: November 21, 2013   Accepted: November 28, 2013.  Published online: December 31, 2013.
The elderly with hearing loss have difficulties in communication. This influences not only individual psychologic status but also relationship with others and social activities, thus it finally affects quality of life negatively. Relative to other countries, Korea tends to have accelerated aging currently, therefore it is necessary to understand and prepare for geriatric hearing loss. The purpose of this study is to analyze and establish the standards for various scales evaluating quality of life of hearing handicap of the elderly in Korea. To know and standardize psychological, social, and emotional effects of the elderly hearing impairment, various questionnaires were evaluated including Korean Hearing Handicap Inventory for Elderly-Screening (KHHIE-S), interpreted Attitudes Toward Loss of Hearing Questionnaire (ALHQ), Korean version of Short form of Geriatric Depression Scale (SGDS), Korean version of World Health Organization Quality Of Life assessment (WHOQOL-BREF), and developed Geriatric Everyday Life Health Index (GELHI) to the 211 participants. All the participants were over 65 years old. After analyzing, the standard scores were presented. The scores were found correlations of scales and increasing age showed negative scores of psychologically, socially, and emotionally. Conclusively, it is expected to get the opportunities for helping and understanding geriatric hearing loss with extension by applying these mutually complementary various scales.
Key Words: Quality of life (QOL), Geriatric hearing loss, Hearing impairment, Hearing handicap
중심단어: 삶의질, 노인성난청, 청각손상, 청각핸디캡
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