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Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch. 2010 Apr;41(2):194-205. doi: 10.1044/0161-1461(2009/07-0093). Epub 2009 Sep 15.

Family quality of life following early identification of deafness.

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Florida State University, Communication Disorders, 109 Regional Rehabilitation Center, Tallahassee, FL 32309, USA. cjackson3@fsu.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Family members' perceptions of their quality of life were examined following early identification of deafness in children.

METHOD:

A questionnaire was used to solicit ratings of satisfaction from the family members of 207 children who were deaf and younger than 6 years of age.

RESULTS:

Results indicated that families were generally satisfied with the areas of family life surveyed. Descriptive analysis suggested lower satisfaction ratings in the area of emotional well-being. Families also reported that their child's deafness had the largest impact on their emotional well-being. Family members of children using oral communication with a cochlear implant reported higher satisfaction with their child's speech production and perception outcomes than family members of children using hearing aids alone.

IMPLICATIONS:

We recommend that service providers and early hearing detection and intervention program coordinators consider additional supports for family well-being following the early identification of deafness in children.

PMID:
19755640
DOI:
10.1044/0161-1461(2009/07-0093)
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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