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Perception and attitude of university students for hearing aid and cochlear implant : hearing aid effect and cochlear implant effect

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2008, 9(3), pp.61-81
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

허민정 1 Lee-Suk Kim 2 Seoung-Woo Ahn 1 부성현 3

1부산대학교
2동아대학교
3성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to investigate the perception and attitude of university students about hearing aid and cochlear implant, and to examine the variables related to their attitudes towards hearing aid and cochlear implant. The subjects were 114 university students, who were asked to see the pictures on wearing conditions and non-wearing conditions of hearing aid and cochlear implant and complete the adjective format scale . Also, they saw the pictures of hearing aid wearer and cochlear implant wearer, and completed the questionnaires about attitude for hearing aid and cochlear implant. Results show that university students show more negative perception about wearing conditions than non-wearing conditions on appearance, personality, and achievement for both hearing aid and cochlear implant. Attitude for cochlear implant was more negative than that for hearing aid on social stigma, viewpoint, and knowledge. As a result of analyzing related factors for attitude about hearing aid and cochlear implant, sex and wearing glasses or contact lenses were related to the social stigma for cochlear implant users. These results show that there exist 'hearing aid effect' and 'cochlear implant effect' in Korean university students, and their attitudes are more negative for cochlear implant than for hearing aid.

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