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Audiology 2012;8(2): 224-237.
Published online: December 31, 2012.
doi: http://doi.org/10.21848/audiol.2012.8.2.224
노년기 청력에 따른 삶의 질 평가 척도
세한대학교 언어치료청각학과
Quality of Life Scales with Hearing for the Elderly
Eun Yeong Shin
Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, Sehan University, Yeongam, Korea
Correspondence  Eun Yeong Shin ,Tel: (061) 469-1483, Fax: (061) 469-1317, Email: shiney@sehan.ac.kr
Received: October 29, 2012; Revised: December 4, 2012   Accepted: December 7, 2012.  Published online: December 31, 2012.
As the most rapid increasing population of the elderly, over 65 year-old, it was interested in better health and life quality but found to have hearing impairments in many cases. The purpose of this study was to investigate hearing loss for age and suggest hearing handicap scales for hearing impairment of the elderly. To know psychological, social, and emotional effects of the elderly hearing impairment, five questionnaires were evaluated to 67 participants who are over 65 years old. They completed five questionnaires-The Korean Hearing Handicap Inventory for Elderly-Screening (KHHIE-S), interpreted Attitudes Toward Loss of Hearing Questionnaire (ALHQ), Short form of Geriatric Depression Scale, Korean version (SGDS), Korean version of World Health Organization Quality Of Life assessment (WHOQOL-BREF), newly developed Geriatric Everyday Life Health Index (GELHI). The mean pure tone threshold was worsened with age especially high frequency. The audiogram for women showed gradually sloping from low frequency to high frequency and for men drew abruptly falling at over 1 kHz high frequency. The scales of hearing handicap recorded more negative scores through hearing impairment degree was normal to profound. Conclusively, this study was presented hearing impairment for the elderly, and hearing handicap scales for the elderly which can be useful clinically and academically.
Key Words: QOL, Hearing disability, Hearing Handicap, Presbycusis, Hearing impairment for the elderly
중심단어: 삶의 질, 청각장애, 난청핸디캡, 노인성난청, 노년기 난청
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