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Cochlear Implants Has Improved Quality of Life in Profoundly Deaf Patients

by Jayashree on September 20, 2007 at 8:07 PM
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Cochlear Implants Has Improved Quality of Life in Profoundly Deaf Patients

A new study has shown that cochlear implants, which restore hearing in profoundly deaf patients, also enables many recipients to hear and enjoy music and improve their quality of life.

Although implant recipients' listening habits decline significantly, about half of them still enjoy music, suggests the study presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation's Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Washington, DC.

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The new findings are a result of a questionnaire that was filled by 52 cochlear implant recipients.

The researchers found that 38 per cent of respondents listened to music more than two hours a week. According to them, 52 per cent of the subjects said that they still enjoyed music post-implantation.
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People who were better at hearing the sound through their implant also scored higher points during the analysis of a questionnaire for judging the quality of life of the subjects.

The researchers are, however, still unsure whether spending more time listening to music makes the experience more pleasant.

They believe that their findings will lead to a greater emphasis on enhancing the quality of sound that cochlear implants allow, so that the quality of life of implant recipients could also be improved.

Source: ANI
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