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Health effects of cochlear implants.

Authors
  • 1
  • 1 Audiology Section, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand. , (New Zealand)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The New Zealand medical journal
1175-8716
Publication Date
Volume
126
Issue
1375
Pages
9–26
Identifiers
PMID: 23824021
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

There are lengthy waiting lists for adult cochlear implantation. The need to wait and the lack of a known date for surgery, in combination with having a profound hearing loss is likely to result in chronic stress. Chronic stress may increase the risk of physical and mental illness via physiological systems which mediate response to environmental threats. Cochlear implantation may alleviate chronic stress in people on the waiting list, and these findings support the hypothesis that this influences physical health.

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