Perceived Benefit From Hearing Aid Use and Life-Space Mobility Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Polku, H., Mikkola, T., Gagné, J.-P., Rantakokko, M., Portegijs, E., Rantanen, T., & Viljanen, A. (2018). Perceived Benefit From Hearing Aid Use and Life-Space Mobility Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 30(3), 408-420. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264316680435
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Objectives: To examine the association between perceived benefit from hearing aid (HA) use and life-space mobility among older adults. Method: Cross-sectional analysis of 76- to 91-year-old community-dwelling adults (n = 702). Data on perceived hearing with and without a HA were obtained via postal questionnaire and data on life-space mobility (Life-Space Assessment, range = 0-120) via phone interview. Results: Participants who perceived more benefit from HA use, had a better life-space mobility score (M = 65, SD = 2.6) than participants who had less benefit from using a HA (M = 55, SD = 3.2). Participants who benefitted more from HA use did not differ from those who did not have a HA (M = 63, SD = 0.9) in their life-space mobility score. Discussion: Perceived benefit from HA use is associated with higher life-space mobility among community-dwelling older adults. Future studies are needed to examine whether use of an appropriate HA promotes life-space mobility among those with difficulties in hearing. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Postdoctoral Researcher, AoF
Additional information about fundingThe authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the Academy of Finland (grant number 263729). The Life-Space Mobility in Old Age (LISPE) project is funded by the Academy of Finland, the Future of Living and Housing program (ASU-LIVE; grant number 255403 to T.R.) and Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture (to T.R. and E.P.). M.R. is funded by the Academy of Finland (personal grant number 285747). H.P. is funded by the Juho Vainio Foundation and the Finnish Federation of Hard of Hearing (FFHOH). ...
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