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The association between non-communicable disease and hearing aid adoption in older adults with hearing loss

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posted on 31.03.2021, 08:28 by David Maidment, Theresa Wege
Objective. To assess whether specific non-communicable diseases are associated with hearing aid adoption in older adults with hearing loss.
Design. A cross-sectional, observational study.
Study sample. Data was obtained from one of the largest pharmacy-led health and beauty retailers in the United Kingdom. In total, 17,172 older adults were included.
Results. Greater odds of adopting hearing aids were associated with being older (Odds ratio [OR]= 1.03; 95% confidence interval [CI]= 1.02, 1.03), having fewer self-reported hearing difficulties (OR= 0.61; 95% CI= 0.58, 0.64), and greater audiometric hearing loss (OR= 1.68; 95% CI= 1.54, 1.83). The odds of adopting hearing aids were lower if individuals self-reported hypertension (OR= 0.87; 95% CI= 0.79, 0.97) and diabetes (OR= 0.83; 95% CI= 0.72, 0.95). Using a decision tree model, self-reported hearing difficulties, audiometric hearing loss, and age were the best combination of variables to differentiate between individuals that did and did not adopt hearing aids.
Conclusions. This study demonstrates that hearing aid adoption is lower in older adults with cardiovascular disease risk factors. Thus, there is a need for healthcare professionals to identify older adults living with hearing loss and cardiovascular ill-health, ensuring that they receive appropriate patient-centred support to manage their health.

History

School

  • Science
  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

International Journal of Audiology

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Audiology on 18 Apr 2021, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14992027.2021.1910740.

Acceptance date

25/03/2021

Publication date

2021-04-18

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1499-2027

eISSN

1708-8186

Language

en

Depositor

Dr David Maidment. Deposit date: 27 March 2021