The effects of hearing handicaps and instrumental activities of daily living on hearing-handicap-related quality of life in community-dwelling older adults

Hayoung Park, Oksoo Kim

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate hearing handicaps, instrumental activities of daily living, and hearing-handicap-related quality of life among community-dwelling older adults and identify factors that influence hearing-handicap-related quality of life. Methods: A total of 129 older adults aged 65 and over participated in the study, and data collection was conducted from December 20th, 2020 to March 20th, 2021. Descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson’s correlations, and multiple linear regression were used for data analysis. Results: Self-reported hearing handicaps positively associated with instrumental activities of daily living (r=.82, p<.001), and negatively associated with hearing-handicap-related quality of life (r=-.80, p<.001). Instrumental activities of daily living negatively associated with hearing-handicap-related quality of life (r=-.71, p<.001). Hearing handicaps influenced hearing-handicap-related quality of life (β=-.70, p<.001). A regression model explained 66% of the variance in hearing-handicap-related quality of life. Conclusion: Hearing handicaps affect hearing-handicap-related quality of life of older adults living in the community. Therefore, nursing interventions to prevent hearing handicaps are required to improve hearing-handicap-related quality of life of older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-351
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Korean Gerontological Nursing
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

Keywords

  • Activities of daily living
  • Aged
  • Hearing loss
  • Quality of life

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