|Joanna Rostkowska, Joanna Kobosko, Beata Wojewódzka, Henryk Skarżyński|
Introduction. Severe hearing loss constitutes a significant
limitation of the cognitive abilities and a burden to functioning
of a person at any age, also in elderly. It hinders taking up challenges,
restricts social activities and lowers the quality of life,
thus contributing to the faster ageing.
Aim. Aim of the study was to evaluate the auditory speech
perception of the postlingually deafened patients implanted with
cochlear implants after 60 years of age.
Material and methods. The 40 study participants were divided
into two groups according to their age at cochlear implantation.
Auditory abilities were measured after at least one year of using
the implant by 5 sub-tests of the MED-EL battery of tests and
the ‘Chinese Language’ test.
Results. All studied patients, regardless of their age at implantation,
achieved high scores in the perception of sounds, words
and sentences from the open set.
Conclusions. Cochlear implantation enables senior adults
achieving the same level of auditory perception as is available for
the younger patients. Age should not be a key criterion in the
diagnostic process preceding cochlear implantation. Auditory
skills achieved with cochlear implant allow the elderly people to
enjoy a satisfactory level of participating in the social life.
keywords: słuchowa percepcja mowy, głuchota postlingwalna, osoby starsze, auditory speech perception, postlingual deafness,elderly, quality of life
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