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

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    28 February 2021

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    Georg Thieme Verlag KG

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    Historic Funder (pre-Worktribe)


Goman, A. M., Gao, T., Betz, J., Reed, N. S., Deal, J. A., Lin, F. R., & for the ACHIEVE-P Study Group, . (2021). Association of Hearing Loss with Physical, Social, and Mental Activity Engagement. Seminars in Hearing, 42(1), 59-65.



hearing loss, activity engagement, mental, social, physical

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