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Single-Sided Deafness: The Effect of Cochlear Implantation on Quality of Life, Quality of Hearing, and Working Performance

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-345
Number of pages7
JournalORL: JOURNAL FOR OTO: RHINO: LARYNGOLOGY AND ITS RELATED SPECIALTIES
Volume77
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Aims: To evaluate the effect of a cochlear implant (CI) on quality of life (QoL), quality of hearing (QoH), and working performance in patients with single-sided deafness (SSD). Methods: Using specific questionnaires, we measured QoL, QoH, and working performance in 7 SSD patients scheduled for CI surgery of the affected ear. Sound localization and speech perception in noise were also assessed. All questionnaires and tests were performed before the CI surgery and at 6 and 12 months after CI activation. Results: The QoL, QoH, sound localization, and speech perception in noise had improved statistically significantly after CI surgery. Communication with co-workers became easier, and the patients were less fatigued after the working day. Conclusions: CI clearly improves QoL, QoH, and working performance in patients with SSD.

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Keywords

  • Cochlear implant, Quality of hearing, Quality of life, Single-sided deafness, Working performance