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Published: 2016-08-28

Cochlear Implants in Subjects Over Age 65: Quality of Life and Audiological Outcomes

Claudia Aimoni, Andrea Ciorba, Stavros Hatzopoulos, Giulia Ramacciotti, Manuela Mazzoli, Chiara Bianchini, Monica Rosignoli, Henryk Skarżyński, Piotr H. Skarżyński

(ENT and Audiology Department, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy)

Med Sci Monit 2016; 22:3035-3042

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.896869

BACKGROUND: Cochlear implants (CIs) have been recognized as a safe and effective means for profound hearing loss rehabilitation in children and adults and recently their use has been extended to subjects over 65 years of age. The aim of this paper was to assess indices related to changes in the quality of life (QoL) in elderly CI recipients.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A case-control paradigm was used to assess the effects of CIs on the QoL. Forty-two subjects were assigned to the Case group and 15 subjects to the Control group. All 57 subjects were affected by profound hearing loss and had received a CI. Audiological data were collected from both groups at: (i) 1 month pre-implantation [T1]; (ii) 1 day pre- implantation [T2]; (iii) 30 days post-implantation, with CI used in free field [T3]; and (iv) 12 months post-implantation, with CI used in a free field [T4]. The QoL was assessed via a Glasgow Benefit Inventory (GBI) questionnaire, adapted to otolaryngology. To compare subjects across different ages with varying degrees of speech development, a perception parameter was used from the Speech Perception Categories test developed by Geers and Moog.
RESULTS: Hearing performance was considerably improved after CI. In relation to the hearing performance at time T1, statistically significant threshold gains were observed in both groups in the T3 and T4 observation windows. At time T4, a threshold gain of 70 dB HL in the Case group and a gain of 84 dB HL in the Control group were observed. With speech therapy rehabilitation, a perception level of 6 was reached by 80.0% of patients in the Case group and by 100% of patients in the Control group. In terms of QoL, b... read more

Keywords: Cochlear Implants, Health Services for the Aged, Quality of Life

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