Hearing impairment affects older people's ability to drive in the presence of distracters

Hickson, Louise, Wood, Joanne, Chaparro, Alex, Lacherez, Philippe and Marszalek, Ralph (2010) Hearing impairment affects older people's ability to drive in the presence of distracters. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58 6: 1097-1103. doi:10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.02880.x

Author Hickson, Louise
Wood, Joanne
Chaparro, Alex
Lacherez, Philippe
Marszalek, Ralph
Title Hearing impairment affects older people's ability to drive in the presence of distracters
Journal name Journal of the American Geriatrics Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-8614
Publication date 2010-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.02880.x
Volume 58
Issue 6
Start page 1097
End page 1103
Total pages 7
Place of publication Baltimore, Md. U.S.A.
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effects of hearing impairment and distractibility on older people's driving ability, assessed under real-world conditions. DESIGN: Experimental cross-sectional study. SETTING: University laboratory setting and an on-road driving test. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred seven community-living adults aged 62 to 88. Fifty-five percent had normal hearing, 26% had a mild hearing impairment, and 19% had a moderate or greater impairment. MEASUREMENTS: Hearing was assessed using objective impairment measures (pure-tone audiometry, speech perception testing) and a self-report measure (Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly). Driving was assessed on a closed road circuit under three conditions: no distracters, auditory distracters, and visual distracters. RESULTS: There was a significant interaction between hearing impairment and distracters, such that people with moderate to severe hearing impairment had significantly poorer driving performance in the presence of distracters than those with normal or mild hearing impairment. CONCLUSION: Older adults with poor hearing have greater difficulty with driving in the presence of distracters than older adults with good hearing.
Keyword Hearing impairment
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Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 26 MAY 2010

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