Worse Self-Reported Hearing Ability Is Associated With Greater Perceived Physical and Mental Fatigability

Kyle Moored, Frank Lin, Justin Golub, Mary Wojczynski, Robert Boudreau, Angeline Galvin, Nancy W Glynn, Theresa Gmelin

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInnovation in Aging
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Pages (from-to)156-157
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
EventThe Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting -
Duration: 10. Nov 202113. Nov 2021


ConferenceThe Gerontological Society of America (GSA) 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting
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