Use of Hearing Aid in Improving the Quality of life in Young Adults with Hearing Impairment
Objective: The main aim of the study was to find the importance of hearing aid in improving the quality of life in young adults with hearing impairment.
Design of Study: It is a descriptive type of study.
Place and Duration of Study: This study was carried out in a period of 7 months from February 2018 to August 2018 in ENT department of Mayo hospital Lahore.
Material and Methods: Patients were selected from special education department school in Lahore with “severe degree” of disability of hearing. A total of 60 patients were selected with ages between 10-34 years. A carefully designed proforma was used for data collection through questioning. The questions were answered by the patients with the use of hearing aid. The questionnaire comprised of 18 questions pertaining to quality of life and factors affecting such as physical, environmental, psychological and social communal relations.
Results: After the use of hearing aid it was found out the good quality of life is seen in 23(38.33%) patients, while average quality of life is seen in 33(55%) of the patients and 4(6.66%) had poor quality of life.
Conclusions: Utilization of hearing aid in patients with severe hearing abnormality is coupled with significant improvement of psychological, physical, social and emotional well-being of the patient. Predominantly use of hearing aid improves the impaired hearing of the patient.
Key words: Quality of life, Hearing impairment, Hearing Aid
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