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Quality of life, effort and disturbance perceived in noise: a comparison between employees with aided hearing impairment and normal hearing
Örebro University Hospital.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9184-6989
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Örebro University Hospital.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6557-6359
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2013 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 52, no 9, p. 642-649Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: The aims were to compare health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and hearing handicap between two groups of employees with normal hearing and aided hearing impairment (HI). HRQOL was also compared to a normative population. The second aim was to compare perceived effort (PE) and disturbance after completing a task in office noise between the two study groups. Design: A Swedish version of the short form-36 (SF-36) and the hearing handicap inventory for adults (HHIA) was used to determine HRQOL and hearing handicap. The Borg-CR 10 scale was used to measure PE and disturbance. Study sample: Hearing impaired (n = 20) and normally hearing (n = 20) participants. The normative sample comprised of 597 matched respondents. Results: Hearing-impaired employees report relatively good HRQOL in relation to the normative population, but significantly lower physical functioning and higher PE than their normally-hearing peers in noise. Results from the HHIA showed mild self-perceived hearing handicap. Conclusions: The current results demonstrate that physical health status can be negatively affected even at a mild-moderate severity of HI, and that a higher PE is reported from this group when performing a task in noise, despite the regular use of hearing aids.

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2013. Vol. 52, no 9, p. 642-649
Keywords [en]
Health-related quality of life, labour market, mild-moderate hearing impairment, noise, perceived effort, self-perceived hearing handicap, work
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Disability Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30722DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2013.803611ISI: 000323108800008PubMedID: 23808681OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-30722DiVA, id: diva2:646575
Available from: 2013-09-09 Created: 2013-09-06 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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