Hearing loss and episodic long-term memory
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
The UK Biobank offers cross-sectional epidemiological data collected on >500,000 individuals in the UK between 40 and 70 years of age. Using the UK Biobank data, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of functional hearing loss and hearing aid usage on visuospatial memory function. A sub-sample of 138,098 participants was selected. A digit triplets functional hearing test was used to divide the participants into three groups: poor, insufficient and normal hearers. We found negative relationships between functional hearing loss and both visuospatial working memory (i.e., a card pair matching task) and visuospatial, episodic long-term memory (i.e., a prospective memory task), with the strongest association for episodic long-term memory (Rönnberg et al., 2014). The selectivity in effect on memory systems replicate previous results (Rönnberg et al., 2011). In addition, the collective results suggest that the selectivity is independent of encoding format in the memory task (auditory, motor or visuospatial), implying an effect of hearing loss on a multimodal episodic long-term memory system.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123224OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123224DiVA: diva2:878184
Conference on Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication (CHCCOM2015), Linköping, June 14-17, 2015