A comparison of the MMSE and the TICS-m in hearing-impaired older adults

Pachana, Nancy A., Alpass, Fiona M., Blakley, Judy A. and Long, Nigel R. (2006) A comparison of the MMSE and the TICS-m in hearing-impaired older adults. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 25 2: 89-93. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00156.x

Author Pachana, Nancy A.
Alpass, Fiona M.
Blakley, Judy A.
Long, Nigel R.
Title A comparison of the MMSE and the TICS-m in hearing-impaired older adults
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
Publication date 2006-06
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00156.x
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 89
End page 93
Total pages 5
Place of publication Richmond, VIC
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject 380100 Psychology
380102 Learning, Memory, Cognition and Language
380103 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
380106 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
730203 Health related to ageing
Abstract Objective: The efficacy of telephone-administered cognitive screening instruments used with hearing-impaired populations is as yet unknown. Method: In a pilot study, performance of hearing-impaired veterans (N = 46) was compared on telephone-administered (Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status – modified; TICS-m) and face-to-face administered (Mini-Mental State Examination; MMSE) instruments. Results: Correlations between the MMSE and the TICS-m (r = 0.39) are lower than previously reported in the literature. Participants had difficulty perceiving words from the TICS-m on registration and thus also on later recall, regardless of whether hearing aids were worn. Further analyses revealed that when these items were removed from the TICS-m scores, correlations with the MMSE improved significantly. Conclusions: Hearing-impaired participants may have difficulties with telephone-administered instruments requiring accurate hearing of words in the absence of any context. Participants’ hearing should be taken into account when administering and interpreting cognitive screens over the telephone.
Keyword Ageing
geriatric assessment
hearing impairment
neuropsychological tests
telephone interviews
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