A 16-year longitudinal study of hearing in very old Australians

Linnett Sanchez, Jane Scott, Nicola Esterman, Mary Luszcz

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    Abstract

    Hearing impairment is recognised for its prominence among the
    chronic conditions of ageing, being more prevalent in Australia than all
    other national health priorities except musculo-skeletal conditions
    (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2004). However despite its
    prevalence, there have been fewer epidemiological studies of hearing
    impairment than for other chronic diseases and disorders.
    Epidemiological data based on audiological evaluations are scant and a
    rigorously defined burden of illness for hearing impairment at a popula-
    tion or community level using both audiological and self-report types of
    estimate is still only available from a few studies world-wide (Gates
    et al., 1990; Davis, 1995; Wilson et al., 1998; Cruikshanks et al., 1998).
    Longitudinal studies are particularly valuable in providing information
    about patterns of ageing, about cohort differences in age-related physi-
    cal, sensory and psychological functioning and for the services which an
    ageing population might require.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number10.4081/Ares.2011.e2.
    Pages (from-to)3-5
    Number of pages3
    JournalAudiology Research
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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    Keywords

    • hearing impairment
    • ageing
    • chronic conditions
    • chronic diseases
    • chronic disorders

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