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Association of Hearing Loss with Physical, Social, and Mental Activity Engagement.

TitleAssociation of Hearing Loss with Physical, Social, and Mental Activity Engagement.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsGoman AM, Gao T, Betz J, Reed NS, Deal JA, Lin FR
Corporate AuthorsACHIEVE-P Study Group
JournalSemin Hear
Date Published2021 Feb

This article aims to evaluate a hearing loss intervention versus an aging education intervention on activity engagement in the Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders pilot (ACHIEVE-P). Forty adults (70-84 years) with hearing loss recruited from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and de novo participated. Participants were randomized 1:1 to a best practices hearing intervention or a successful aging intervention. Hearing was measured with pure-tone audiometry. The Community Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors questionnaire measured self-reported time engaging in activities at baseline and 6-month follow-up. At baseline, greater hearing loss was associated with reduced time per week on mental activities (-3.0 hours per 10 dB of hearing loss, 95% confidence interval: -5.8, -0.2). Mental activity engagement increased (mean: +1.3 hours, SD = 6.6) for the hearing intervention group but decreased (mean: -1.1 hours, SD = 4.8) for the aging education group (Cohen's : 0.41). Hearing loss may be associated with reduced engagement in mental activities. Whether hearing loss treatment impacts activity will be studied in the full-scale ACHIEVE trial.

Alternate JournalSemin Hear
PubMed ID33883792
PubMed Central IDPMC8050419
Grant ListU01 HL096812 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States