HUR COVID-19 HAR PÅVERKAT ÄLDRE MED HÖRSELNEDSÄTTNING
Sammanfattning: Background: Covid-19 broke out in late December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan; thevirus is spread between humans and between humans and animals. Globally, people areworried about to be affected by Covid-19, and there is a greater risk of older people dying dueto Covid-19 infection. In connection with the outbreak, the whole world was called upon toslow down the spread of infection through various recommendations and restrictions fromvarious authorities. Recommendations in Sweden urge residents to keep their distance fromeach other and stay home at the slightest symptom.Aim: The aim of this study is to describe how the Covid-19 pandemic has affectedcommunication and contact with hearing care in older individuals (≥ 65 years) who seekhearing care in Gothenburg.Method: A quantitative survey aimed at elderly people between the ages of 65 and 90 whowere relevant for hearing rehabilitation and were in contact with the hearing activities inGothenburg.Results: The results show that approximately 61% of people who had had booked care visitsto the hearing care service used the visit time despite the ongoing pandemic, but thatapproximately 9% had canceled their appointments due to concerns about becoming infected.The results also show that the use of mouth guards and visors has created difficulties for theelderly with communication. Thirty-five percent of the participants think it is difficult and15% think it is very difficult to hear others using mouth guards and visors.Conclusion: The elderly person's contact with hearing care has been affected during thepandemic. The use of visors and mouth guards against coronavirus has impaired the ability tocommunicate in elderly individuals with hearing loss with the habit of reading on the lips andinterpreting facial expressions. Telephone has mainly been used to keep in touch withrelatives during the pandemic.
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