A Phenomenological Study on the Psychological Experiences of the Users with Cochlear Implants

Pyung Kon Thak
2014 Audiology and Speech Research  
This study analyzed the psychological experiences of the patients with cochlear implantation using Giorgi's phenomenological method. To conduct this study, the research conducted in depth interviews with 10 acquired hearing impaired adults (aged 42-85) who have received cochlear implantation unilaterally or bilaterally. The researcher recorded directly their narratives and transcribed their raw data. Data was analyzed by Giorgi's phenomenological data analysis process and 156 concepts were
more » ... ified and categorized into 45 subcategories and 13 primary categories. These 13 primary categories were also described according to experiences before and after implantation. Primary categories before implantation were as follows; No recognition about their bodies, disappointment, independence, extreme temperance by no communication, looking for an alternative method, avoidance of confront, social isolation, elimination from center. Another categories after implantation were as follows; no satisfaction about the effect, humble attitude, self integration, family support, sharing the experiences of overcoming disableness. Following these results, the researcher suggested that an existential program for these acquired hearing impaired people would be needed and family should be involved in the recovering program for them.
doi:10.21848/audiol.2014.10.3.198 fatcat:xdemyzlr7zbo7kiir57w74vvla