Quantitative and qualitative evolution of presbycusis in patients with hearing aids

Authors

  • Ana María Vicente García Escuela de Formación Superior SAERA (School of Advanced Education, Research and Accreditation. Castellón, España // Gabinete audiológico Vicente (Centro Óptico y Auditivo Vicente). Zaragoza. España
  • María Visitación Bartolomé Pascual Departamento de Inmunología, Oftalmología y Otorrinolaringología. Facultad de Psicología. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid. España

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51445/sja.auditio.vol5.2019.0061

Keywords:

presbyacusis, hearing loss, hearing aid, intelligibility, hearing aid fitting, hard of hearing, hearing device

Abstract

Introduction. Presbycusis is a disease of multifactorial origin that affects the ear and therefore the life of the patient who suffers it, generating alterations in oral communication and social isolation, depression and even dementia.

Aim. The objective of this study is to analyze the influence of the use or not of hearing aids on the evolution of hearing thresholds as well as on the preservation of intelligibility in a sample of presbycusic patients in the Tarazona and Moncayo regions.

Material and methods. The sample consists of 75 patients (44 men and 31 women) aged between 50 and 92 years, who have undergone an initial review and at least one follow-up within a period of more than 2 years and less than 4 years. In each review, the following were performed: anamnesis (in the initial review), tonal audiometry and speech audiometry. All tests are carried out in the same center by a single examiner.

Results. In the sample of presbycusic patients analyzed, it cannot be affirmed that the use of hearing aids prevents the deterioration of hearing thresholds. However, its use has a positive effect on the preservation of oral language comprehension skills, more accentuated in users with symmetric hearing losses and binaural adaptation.

Discussion. This is a population sample circumscribed in a rural geographical area. The treatment for presbycusis is advisable to make a binaural adaptation from the first systems and diagnosis of the hearing impairment to maintain oral communication and prevent the consequences of social isolation.

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2018-02-13

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Vicente García, A. M., & Bartolomé Pascual, M. V. (2018). Quantitative and qualitative evolution of presbycusis in patients with hearing aids. Auditio, 5(1), 1–8. https://doi.org/10.51445/sja.auditio.vol5.2019.0061

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