Older adults with hearing loss often report higher fatigue due to effortful listening. We evaluated whether self-reported hearing ability is associated with perceived physical and mental fatigability (a more sensitive measure than fatigue) using the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale (PFS). Older adults (N=2,558) from the Long Life Family Study Visit 2 (71.5±11.4 years; 54.8\ completed PFS and self-reported hearing ability (worse=[fair,poor,very poor,deaf] or better=[good, excellent]). Age-adjusted PFS Physical and Mental scores were 2.3 and 2.5 lower, respectively, for worse vs. better hearing (p\lt;.0001). Generalized estimating equations adjusted for family-relatedness, site, age, sex, cognitive function (Mini-Mental State Examination), education, and self-reported health. Compared to individuals with better hearing, those with worse hearing had a 42\4\≥15) (CI:1.12-1.80,p=0.0042) and mental(≥13) (CI:1.13-1.84,p=0.0034) fatigability, respectively. These observed associations may potentially be explained via complex psychosocial and cognitive aging pathways (e.g. effortful listening) to be examined in future work.
|Tidsskrift||Innovation in Aging|
|Udgave nummer||Suppl. 1|
|Status||Udgivet - dec. 2021|
|Begivenhed||The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting - |
Varighed: 10. nov. 2021 → 13. nov. 2021
|Konference||The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting|
|Periode||10/11/2021 → 13/11/2021|