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Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Description/Summary of research

Prior audiologic research suggests that the personality traits of cochlear implant (CI) users likely influences their rehabilitation. Research has primarily focused on the “Big Five” personality domains (Agreeableness, Extraversion, Conscientiousness, Negative Emotionality, and Open-Mindedness) with limited information available on the underlying facets. The aim of this study was to better understand how personality domains and facets were related to CI user’s quality of life, barriers to CI use, and perceived hearing ability. Twenty-six adult CI users completed an online survey which included a demographic questions and a series of questionnaires: the Cochlear Implant Use Questionnaire (CIUQ), the Cochlear Implant Quality of Life (CIQOL-10), and the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ12). Results revealed that quality of life in CI users was associated with extraversion traits (sociability and energy level) and that perceived hearing ability was correlated with a CI user’s level of self-reported responsibility and depression.

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University of South Alabama’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Scholarship


Twenty-six adult CI users completed an online survey which include demographic questions, the Big Five Inventory - 2 (BFI-2) questionnaire, Cochlear Implant Use Questionnaire (CIUQ), Cochlear Implant Quality of Life (CIQOL-10), and the twelve question Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Scale (SSQ12). Participants for this study were primarily female (18) and had a mean age of 49.35 years (SD = 20.16). Additionally, survey respondents included 13 bilateral, 8 unilateral, and 5 bimodal CI users. Participants were recruited from the University of South Alabama's Speech and Hearing Clinic, as well as through social media platforms, message boards, and word of mouth. Estimated survey completion time was approximately 12 minutes. Statistical analysis was conducted using Kendall's tua-b correlation to determine the relationship between the BFI-2 (domains and facets), CIUQ, CIQOL, and SSQ12.

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