(MBRC) Socioeconomic inequality and hearing health in England: examining the relationship between socioeconomic inequality and the development of hearing impairment and the impact of hearing impairment on the lives of older adults in England
This project examines the relationship between socioeconomic inequality and the development of hearing impairment and the impact of hearing impairment on the lives of older adults in England in terms of mental well-being, quality of life, social engagement and economic position. Previous work has demonstrated that hearing impairment is associated with social isolation, depression, disability and low quality of life. But most of this work is based on cross-sectional analysis of the correlates of hearing impairment.
This project will explore the causes and consequences of hearing impairment using longitudinal data from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA). The ELSA is a large representative data set with information on the health, social, wellbeing and economic circumstances of the English population aged 50 and older. The current sample contains data from up to seven waves of data collection covering a period of thirteen years. The ELSA includes objective and subjective data relating to health and disability, biological markers of disease, economic circumstance, social participation, networks and well-being.
The current project will inform strategies to minimise socioeconomic risks for hearing impairment and access to hearing health services and hearing aid use in order to mitigate the adverse effects of hearing impairment in older adults in England.