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Research project: Quality of life measures for patients with bilateral cochlear implants

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The task of this project is to investigate the quality of life in patients with bilateral cochlear implants. More specifically, to design and validate a questionnaire which measures their quality of life.

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Objectives To investigate the quality of life in patients with bilateral cochlear implants. More specifically, to design and validate a questionnaire which measures their quality of life. It has been well established in literature that hearing difficulties can have an adverse effect on the quality of life of the individual. Cochlear implants can improve the patients’ quality of life. To date, there have not been any published studies on the patients’ views on how their life changed when they got two cochlear implants sequentially. This study sample consists of patients from the UK National Health Service who have received two implants sequentially. They were sent an open-ended questionnaire and interviewed. Their responses were used to develop a close-ended questionnaire for the same purposes. This will be validated with the help of more patients. Questions aimed at prompting responses about their view of how the second implant changed their lifestyle and comparing their present quality of life to when they only had one implant. The conceptualisation of the data emerged from the actual data itself. Categories from the qualitative data were identified and these were the foundations on which the close-ended questionnaire was developed. The final questionnaire now need sot be refined and validated. Better understanding of quality of life after receiving the second implant will aid professionals dealing with these patients in understanding what the practical limitations of these devices are and advising future patients accordingly. It could also help justify government expenditure on cochlear implants.

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