The effect of functional hearing loss and age on long- and short-term visuospatial memory: evidence from the UK Biobank resource: a longitudinal follow up
2015 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
In a recent study (Rönnberg, Hygge, Keidser & Rudner, 2014) we reported cross-sectional epidemiological data from the UK Biobank, which in total contains >500,000 individuals in the UK. The focus in that study was on the effects of functional hearing loss and age on long- and short-term visuospatial memory. Our selection of variables resulted in a sub-sample of 138,098 participants after discarding extreme values.
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. The use of hearing aids showed a small positive effect for working memory performance for the poor hearers, but did not have any influence on episodic long-term memory. Age also showed strong main effects for both memory tasks and interacted with gender and education for the long-term memory task.
Close to 20,000 of the original (>500,000) participants recently went through the very same test battery a second time, 2-7 years after the first time. In the present study, we will scrutinize in which respects the addition of extra years in the longitudinal analysis is commensurable with extra years from our previous cross-sectional analysis, for the same sets of original moderators and mediators.
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123270OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-123270DiVA: diva2:878664
Conference on Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication (CHCCOM2015), Linköping, June 14-17, 2015