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PhD defense by Anne Wolff

The Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University and Aalborg University Hospital are pleased to invite to PhD defense by MD, Anne Wolff, who will defend the dissertation entitled: HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE - FOLLOWING HEARING AID TREATMENT

Time

06.03.2020 kl. 13.00 - 16.00

Description

The PhD defence will take place

Friday March 6th, 2020 at 13.0
In the auditorium, Aalborg University Hospital SYD

After the defence there will be held a reception. All are welcome.

 

Supervisors

Professor Michael Gaihede
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Audiology, Aalborg University Hospital and Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Aalborg, DK

Associate Professor Jesper H. Schmidt
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Audiology, Odense University Hospital and Department of Clinical Research, Odense University, DK

Professor Dorte Hammershøi
Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, DK

Associate Professor Dan D. Hougaard
Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Audiology, Aalborg University Hospital and Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, DK

Associate Professor Gérard Loquet
Department of Electronic Systems and Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, DK

 

Assessment Committee

Professor Norbert Dillier
Department of Otorhinolaryngology,
Head and Neck Surgery
University Hospital, Zürich, Switzerland

Professor Torbjörn Ledin
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Division of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Professor Thomas Starck-Jensen (chairman)
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark


About the PhD dissertation

More men than women have a hearing loss, and the incidence of hearing loss increases with age. In a study from 2010, the Knowledge Centre for Hearing Disabilities estimated that 800,000 Danes have disabling hearing loss. The most frequent treatment for hearing loss is the fitting of hearing aids. The majority of treated patients benefit from the use of hearing aids not only by improving communicational ability but also by derivative improvement in quality of life.

Although the benefits from hearing treatment is well established, conditions still remain that make successful hearing aid treatment a challenge to obtain across the hearing impaired population. More knowledge of what characterises these patients, who face challenges, as well as knowledge on those who do not, may form the basis of improved treatment in the future.

The dissertation is based on three papers which have health related quality of life changes following hearing aid treatment in common. The three papers are compiling from the first clinical part of the Better hEAring Rehabilitation project (BEAR). BEAR is a five-year project whose goal is to improve hearing aid treatment in Denmark based on clinical research, and if favourable, evidence-based renewal of clinical practice. The first part of the BEAR project included building a database documenting current clinical practise and collection of data from close to 2,000 patients.

The changes in health related quality of life in first time and experienced hearing aid users have been studied as well as the implication on health related quality of life for patients having asymmetrical hearing loss. Evaluation of hearing aid fitting by real ear measurement has been studied relative to health related quality of life. The main results from the studies will be presented at the PhD defense.

Host

Klinisk Institut, Aalborg Universitet og Aalborg Universitetshospital

Address

Aalborg Universitetshospital Syd, Hobrovej 18-22, 9000 Aalborg