A new model of researchers at the University of Manchester has proposed a way to prevent hearing loss in the elderly by resolving the socio-economic inequalities encountered during youth.
Published in Hearing trends, the model could affect the estimated 466 million people worldwide with disabilities audition loss, which mainly affects the elderly.
The study is the first to examine the mechanisms and explain the relationship between socioeconomic inequalities and hearing. Health throughout life.
Research has previously shown that people with hearing loss are more likely to have lower educational attainment, higher unemployment rates, and lower family incomes than those with other health conditions.
They are also more likely to have long-term health conditions and a higher overall burden of disease than older people without hearing loss.
Dr Dalia Tsimpida, who led the study, said: “Hearing impairment is a lifelong process, but not an inevitable result of aging. Understanding this process is an essential step in dealing with it. to the overall burden of hearing loss “.
Dr. Tsimpida, a postdoctoral researcher at the University’s Institute for Health Policy and Organization (IHPO), added: “The key determinants of poor hearing health over the course of a lifetime and its interdependence as described in this model is a powerful way to intervene in this big problem.
“Our focus is not just on the age of older adults, but on the factors that affect the earliest people in life, which if modified could reduce hearing loss in old age.”
“This approach to hearing health can lead to the development of appropriate interventions and public health strategies that can have important health policy and implications of the practice “.
Dr. Tsimpida’s study is co-authored by Professor Evangelos Kontopantelis, Professor Darren Ashcroft and Dr. Maria Panagioti.
Dr. Maria Panagioti said, “That model now provides a visual representation of the various modifiable factors of hearing loss at different stages of life and its evolution over time, which is a new thought in hearing loss research.
“Given the burden of adult appearance hearing loss, this conceptual tool for hearing health inequalities has the potential to improve people’s physical, mental and social well-being. ”
Dialechti Tsimpida et al, Conceptual model of inequalities in hearing health (HHI model): a critical interpretive synthesis, Hearing trends (2021). DOI: 10.1177 / 23312165211002963
University of Manchester
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