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MAGALHAES, Ruth and IORIO, Maria Cecilia Martinelli. Evaluating participation restriction in elderly patients before and after audiological rehabilitation. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.5, pp. 816-825. Epub Dec 08, 2011. ISSN 1982-0216. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-18462011005000136.
PURPOSE: to study the effects of audio logical rehabilitation through the fitting of hearing aids in participation restriction in daily living activities, according to gender and age. METHOD: the study included 50 seniors, 23 females and 27 males. The elderly were divided in two groups: Group 1 - with 24 seniors, 11 females and 13 males, aged between 60 and 74 years, Group 2 - with 26 seniors, 12 females and 14 males aged less than 75 years. The elderly were assessed before and one year after as for the adaptation of hearing aids through HHIE. Bi-monthly follow-ups were performed, making up a total of seven meetings, in order to ensure the effective use of hearing aids. The statistical method included descriptive statistics and variance analysis. RESULTS: the analysis revealed that there was HHIE significant reduction of participation restriction in Social and Emotional scales in the post intervention in both age groups, both males and females. CONCLUSION: there is minor perception of participation restrictions after audiological rehabilitation in the Scales of Social and Emotional HHIE.
Keywords : Aged; Hearing Loss; Hearing Aids; Questionnaires.