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[Use of hearing aid--coping and functional disability].
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2008 Dec 04; 128(23):2715-8.TN

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Hearing loss is a common health problem and affects social life. We studied how adults' use of hearing aids was influenced by socio-demographic and audiological characteristics, use of coping strategies, and perceived functional disability.

MATERIAL AND METHODS

162 adult patients (82 men) who had previously used hearing aids and were referred to St. Olavs University Hospital (Trondheim, Norway) for a renewed assessment and prescription, were consecutively included in the study. Questionnaires were used to capture their experience with using hearing aids and the negative consequences of hearing loss, as well as use of specific coping strategies and the presence of tinnitus. Relations between reported use and explanatory variables were assessed by using logistic regression analyses.

RESULTS

Advanced hearing loss increased the probability of using aids more frequently, while non-persistent tinnitus and a medium long experience with using hearing aids (7?-?17 years) reduced the probability. Maladaptive behaviour interferring with effective communication reduced the daily use. Use of verbal and nonverbal communication strategies, and degree of perceived functional disability did not influence the use of hearing aids.

INTERPRETATION

A low degree of hearing loss, occasional tinnitus, a medium long experience in the use of hearing aids, and frequent use of dysfunctional communication strategies were associated with little use of the aids.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Sykehuset Innlandet, Divisjon Tynset og Øre-nese-halsavdelingen St. Olavs hospital og Institutt for samfunnsmedisin Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet. anne-sofie.helvik@ntnu.noNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

English Abstract
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

nor

PubMed ID

19079418

Citation

Helvik, Anne-Sofie, et al. "[Use of Hearing Aid--coping and Functional Disability]." Tidsskrift for Den Norske Laegeforening : Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Raekke, vol. 128, no. 23, 2008, pp. 2715-8.
Helvik AS, Arnesen H, Wennberg S, et al. [Use of hearing aid--coping and functional disability]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2008;128(23):2715-8.
Helvik, A. S., Arnesen, H., Wennberg, S., & Jacobsen, G. (2008). [Use of hearing aid--coping and functional disability]. Tidsskrift for Den Norske Laegeforening : Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Raekke, 128(23), 2715-8.
Helvik AS, et al. [Use of Hearing Aid--coping and Functional Disability]. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2008 Dec 4;128(23):2715-8. PubMed PMID: 19079418.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Use of hearing aid--coping and functional disability]. AU - Helvik,Anne-Sofie, AU - Arnesen,Haakon, AU - Wennberg,Siri, AU - Jacobsen,Geir, PY - 2008/12/17/entrez PY - 2008/12/17/pubmed PY - 2009/1/15/medline SP - 2715 EP - 8 JF - Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening : tidsskrift for praktisk medicin, ny raekke JO - Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen VL - 128 IS - 23 N2 - BACKGROUND: Hearing loss is a common health problem and affects social life. We studied how adults' use of hearing aids was influenced by socio-demographic and audiological characteristics, use of coping strategies, and perceived functional disability. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 162 adult patients (82 men) who had previously used hearing aids and were referred to St. Olavs University Hospital (Trondheim, Norway) for a renewed assessment and prescription, were consecutively included in the study. Questionnaires were used to capture their experience with using hearing aids and the negative consequences of hearing loss, as well as use of specific coping strategies and the presence of tinnitus. Relations between reported use and explanatory variables were assessed by using logistic regression analyses. RESULTS: Advanced hearing loss increased the probability of using aids more frequently, while non-persistent tinnitus and a medium long experience with using hearing aids (7?-?17 years) reduced the probability. Maladaptive behaviour interferring with effective communication reduced the daily use. Use of verbal and nonverbal communication strategies, and degree of perceived functional disability did not influence the use of hearing aids. INTERPRETATION: A low degree of hearing loss, occasional tinnitus, a medium long experience in the use of hearing aids, and frequent use of dysfunctional communication strategies were associated with little use of the aids. SN - 0807-7096 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19079418/[Use_of_hearing_aid__coping_and_functional_disability]_ L2 - http://tidsskriftet.no/article/1775558 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -