Cochlear implantation in late-implanted adults with prelingual deafness

Tova Most, Hadas Shrem, Ilana Duvdevani

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of cochlear implantation (CI) on prelingually deafened participants who were implanted as adults. The effect of the CI was examined with regard to the following variables: communication, family, social skills, education, and work satisfaction with one's life, loneliness, and self-esteem. Materials and methods: Thirty-eight adults participated. Four self-report questionnaires were used at 2 points in time: before and after CI. Results: The research findings show significant differences in the reports of most variables before and after implantation. The participants felt better with regard to communication, social skills, education, and work and satisfaction with one's life after implantation in comparison to their feelings before implantation. Furthermore, they felt less lonely after implantation. However, there were no significant differences before and after implantation regarding their feelings within the family and regarding their self-esteem. Conclusions: The results demonstrated the need to evaluate the benefits resulting from the CI not only with traditional clinical measures but with additional measures as well. Furthermore, they demonstrated the benefit of the CI on the positive psychosociological implications of prelingually deafened adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-423
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

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