Psychological general well-being (quality of life) in patients with cochlear implants: Importance of social environment and age

L. R M Hallberg, A. Ringdahl, A. Holmes, Courtney Carver

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the variables that affect psychological general well-being (quality of life) in patients with cochlear implants (CIs). The study sample consists of 96 adult patients with a CI, aged 24-86 years (Mean = 61.8 yrs; SD = 15.3 yrs). 48 were patients from the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden and 48 were patients from the University of Florida, USA. The Psychological General Well-being Index and the International Outcome Inventory-Cochlear implants were used in collecting data. Possible independent variables were socioeconomic factors such as age, gender, nationality, living arrangement, education, and social support; as well as length of time since implantation, age when hearing loss became a problem, and subjective benefit of the CI. A stepwise multiple regression analysis showed that 49% of the variance was explained by attitudes from others, restricted social participation, perceived social support and age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)706-711
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume44
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Cochlear implant
  • Restricted participation
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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