By Fatima Salah Aladaileh, Clinical Technical Specialist and student of the Master in Clinical Audiology and Hearing Therapy

Abstract

This research study focuses on understanding the social communication skills and quality of life of Saudi youngsters who use hearing aids. The study aims to fill the gap in knowledge regarding how hearing aid technology impacts the social communication abilities and well-being of Saudi children. Currently, there is a scarcity of research addressing this specific demographic, hindering the development of personalized support networks and interventions. The diverse cultural heritage and social transformation in Saudi Arabia make it an ideal setting to study the challenges faced by youngsters using hearing aids. The research design used a descriptive approach, gathering quantitative data through self administered surveys. The sample consisted of twenty-seven Saudi Arabian children aged five to ten who has bilateral SNHL and use hearing aids from the Makkah Institute for Speech and Hearing (MISH). The findings indicate that most children reported a high quality of life when using hearing aids. The study recommends solutions to further enhance the benefits of hearing aids and improve the lives of children with hearing impairments. In conclusion, hearing aids have shown promise in improving speech and language skills, social communication and well-being for Saudi children with hearing impairments. However, more research, policy intervention, and cultural sensitivity are needed to address the complex interplay between technology, culture, family, education, and healthcare systems. Taking a holistic approach can enhance the effectiveness

Keywords: Hearing impairments, Hearing aids, Saudi youngsters, Social communication, Quality of life

Download the full Research Work: Aladaileh, F. (2023). Social communication and quality of life among Saudi children using hearing aids. SAERA – School of Advanced Education, Research and Accreditation.

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