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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia

versão On-line ISSN 1982-0232

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RUSCHEL, Christine Vieira; CARVALHO, Claudia Ribeiro de  e  GUARINELLO, Ana Cristina. The efficiency of an auditory rehabilitation program in elderly people with presbycusis and their family. Rev. soc. bras. fonoaudiol. [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.2, pp.95-98. ISSN 1982-0232.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-80342007000200005.

PURPOSE: The aim of this research consisted on developing a training program of communicative strategies for elderly people with auditory problems, users of individual hearing aids, and their families. Additionally, we had the aim to verify the contribution of family intervention during the process of auditory rehabilitation and to promote better adaptation of these individuals regarding the use of their hearing aids. METHODS: Thirty elderly subjects with presbycusis from the city of Cascavel (PR - Brazil) took part in this research. The sample was divided into two groups: group 1 (control group) comprised 15 individuals who received only one orientation session; group 2 (experimental group) comprised another 15 individuals who took part in an audiological rehabilitation program of six sessions. RESULTS: Statistically significant differences were found between control and experimental groups when patients' and their families' interviews were compared, especially regarding: handling the hearing aid itself, using the telephone with the hearing aid and performing dialogues in noisy environments. CONCLUSIONS: The study showed that the elderly people investigated needed orientation follow-up sessions after the hearing aid adjustment, because they had difficulties handling and using the prosthesis in a proper way.

Palavras-chave : Communication methods; total; Hearing aids; Health of the elderly; Presbycusis [rehabilitation]; Family relations; Rehabilitation of hearing impaired.

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