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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 60-64

Validation of the arabic version of parental expectation questionnaire among cochlear implant recipients

1 Otolaryngology Head and Neck Department, Ohud Hospital, Almadinah; King Abdullah Ear Specialist Center (KAESC), College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Research Department, MED-EL GmbH, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4 King Abdullah Ear Specialist Center (KAESC), College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Roa Halawani
Otolaryngology Head and Neck Department, Ohud Hospital, Almadinah, P.O. Box 42354
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjoh.sjoh_44_20

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Objectives: The cochlear implant (CI) recipients and their families form an integral part of the CI team. The decision about CI is challenging for parents and their support is essential during rehabilitation. The families should have realistic expectations from the implantation, as unrealistic expectations cause frustration, negatively impacting the outcome. This study aimed to translate and validate the parental expectation questionnaire by evaluating the outcomes of their children after CI in the Saudi population. Materials and Methods: A questionnaire-based study was conducted at a tertiary hospital from June 2018 to July 2019. Altogether, 100 parents of children undergoing CI answered a questionnaire of 18 questions regarding the expectation of their child's performance and refilled it after a year of surgery. All healthy prelingual pediatric patients accepted by the CI committee for bilateral CI with at least 1 year follow-up postoperatively were included in this study. The main outcome measures were parents' awareness and expectation about CI. Results: The study showed parents having high expectations from their children with CI. The parents were more aware about the rehabilitation demands and stress after CI surgery with 16% of parents unaware of the importance of the rehabilitation process. Conclusions: Proper counseling on realistic expectations should be given at different implantation stages; pre- and post-implantation for an improved outcome and helping the child in reaching full potential.

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