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Moser, S; Luxenberger, W; Freidl, W.
[Perception of hearing problems in the older population].
HNO. 2017; 65(8):671-679 [OPEN ACCESS]
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Freidl Wolfgang
Luxenberger Wolfgang

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Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common chronic sensory impairments in the older population. This chronic condition is associated with bio-psychosocial consequences such as cognitive decline, depression, withdrawal, isolation, and reduced wellbeing. This study aimed to investigate the perception of hearing problems among older women and men (≥55 years) with age-related hearing loss. Furthermore, the association between functional hearing loss and perceived hearing problems was examined. Lastly, this study undertook a detailed investigation of subjective experiences in order to better understand the consequences of age-related hearing loss for daily life. With the aid of mixed methods, quantitative data were gathered from 65 participants with age-related hearing impairment in Austria using the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly (HHIE). Moreover, qualitative data regarding experiences with hearing problems were collected by performing semi-structured problem-centered interviews and analyzing the results of a further 14 older adults with hearing loss. On average, participants assessed their hearing handicap as mild and perceived consequences on emotional, social, and communication levels. Moreover, feelings of insecurity were evident. In addition, the findings indicate a relationship but also a discrepancy between hearing loss and hearing handicap, i. e., not all participants perceived a hearing handicap. Patient-centered care encompassing (1) objective and self-report measures for assessing hearing problems, (2) involvement of family members and significant others, (3) counseling and exchange of information, and (4) a shared decision-making approach could enhance quality of life and quality of care.

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