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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: A longitudinal framework to describe the relation between age-related hearing loss and social isolation
Author(s): Motala, Aysha
Johnsrude, Ingrid
Herrmann, Bjorn
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Keywords: hearing loss
social isolation
auditory perception
Issue Date: 2024
Date Deposited: 11-Mar-2024
Citation: Motala A, Johnsrude I & Herrmann B (2024) A longitudinal framework to describe the relation between age-related hearing loss and social isolation. <i>Trends in Hearing</i>, 28.
Abstract: Many older adults live with some form of hearing loss and have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background sound. Experiences resulting from such difficulties include increased listening effort and fatigue. Social interactions may become less appealing in the context of such experiences, and age-related hearing loss is associated with an increased risk of social isolation and associated negative psychosocial health outcomes. However, the precise relationship between age-related hearing loss and social isolation is not well described. Here, we review the literature and synthesize existing work from different domains to propose a framework with three conceptual anchor stages to describe the relation between hearing loss and social isolation: within-situation disengagement from listening, social withdrawal, and social isolation. We describe the distinct characteristics of each stage and suggest potential interventions to mitigate negative impacts of hearing loss on social lives and health. We close by outlining potential implications for researchers and clinicians.
DOI Link: 10.1177/23312165241236041
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