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Revista de otorrinolaringología y cirugía de cabeza y cuello

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LEON I, Alex; EDIAP R, Rodrigo  y  CARVALLO T, Rina. Adherence to the use of hearing aids in eiderly of the Servicio de Salud Aconcagua. Rev. Otorrinolaringol. Cir. Cabeza Cuello [online]. 2010, vol.70, n.1, pp.37-42. ISSN 0718-4816.

Introduction: The frequency of hypoacusis in eiderly is 48,5%>, of which only 53%> uses hearing aids. Aim: To measure the adherence to the use of hearing aids and to characterize these users of the Servicio de Salud Aconcagua. Material ana method: A descriptive study was realized in 42 elderly who received hearing aids during the year 2005 to 2007, of review of clinical cards, direct observation and interviewed. Results: To emphasizes that 90% of the beneficiaries mentions to use the hearing aids and only 40% to use it in the moment of the domiciliary visit, though only 21% those who viere doing it correctly The beneficiaries adherents domiciled majority in urban iones, present education and socioeconomic level higher than not adherents. It emphasizes that the patients not adherents present a major number of comorbidities and a lower autovalency Discussion: Factors that would favor the use of hearing aids are: high education, urban domiciled, previous experience with hearing aids and seriously perception of the disease. Conclusions: The objective of the program of delivery of hearing aids, in this zone, only is fulfilled in 21% of the beneficiaries. The education on the use of the hearing aids and the follow-up they would improve the adherence and quality of life of the patient.

Palabras clave : Hearing aids; elderly.

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