Quality of life and speech perception in two late deafened adults with cochlear implants

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Marwa F. Abdrabbou
Denise A. Tucker *
Mary V. Compton
Lyn Mankoff
(*) Corresponding Author:
Denise A. Tucker | datucker@uncg.edu

Abstract

The aim was to demonstrate the need for a quality of life assessment in biopsychosocial aural rehabilitation (AR) practices with late deafened adults (LDAs) with cochlear implants (CIs). We present a case report of a medical records review of two LDAs enrolled in a biopsychosocial group AR program. A speech perception test Contrasts for Auditory and Speech Training (CAST) and a quality of life (QoL) assessment the Nijmegen Cochlear Implant Questionnaire (NCIQ) were given prior to AR therapy. CAST scores indicated both patients had excellent basic speech perception. However, NCIQ results revealed patients’ difficulties in basic and advanced listening settings. NCIQ highlighted patients’ self-perceived poor self-esteem and ongoing challenges to their QoL. Speech perception testing results alone are not enough to document the daily challenges of QoL needs of LDAs with CIs. The inclusion of a QoL measure such as the NCIQ is vital in evaluating outcomes of cochlear implantation in LDAs.

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Marwa F. Abdrabbou, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Study

University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG)

United States of America