Category: Geriatric Rehabilitation; Health Services Research
Objective : The purpose of this retrospective analysis was to explore the relationship between presbycusis and cognitive performance in older adults.
The study used a retrospective design.
Setting : General community
Participants (or Animals, Specimens, Cadavers) : From the data set of 90 older adults, 54 participants, diagnosed with mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss, were selected for the study.
Main Outcome Measure(s) :
The overall cognitive scores obtained from Rapid Geriatric Assessment were retrieved from the data set. Other variables pertaining to social determinants of health (occupation, education, access to technology, access to healthcare, and income) were also included in the multiple regression analysis.
Results : Results indicated that a significant relationship existed between hearing loss and overall cognitive performance in older adults. Additionally, the overall WHO-QOL scores obtained by the participants indicated a reduced quality of life.
Conclusions : Overall, there is a relationship between hearing loss, cognitive decline, and quality of life.
Jayanti Ray– Professor, Southeast MIssouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri