Principal Investigator: Dr Piers Dawes
Department: Department of Psychological Sciences
Institution: University of Manchester
Department of Psychological Sciences
University of Manchester
1. To report prevalence of hearing disability, visual impairment, and dual sensory
impairment within the UK Biobank population. This is the first population-based
study to report the prevalence of hearing disability based on speech-in-noise testing.
Quantifying the burden of hearing loss in this way is of importance to providers of
services to hearing impaired persons. This study will also provide unique
information about the prevalence of co-morbid hearing and vision problems.
2. To compare the prevalence of self-reported hearing disability with that of the
1989 National Study of Hearing (NSH). NSH findings were projected up to 2016, and
have been relied upon for planning of services for the past 20 years. This study
would test the accuracy of NSH projections.
3. To examine risk factors for hearing disability. Risk factors under investigation
include noise exposure, cardiovascular disease, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol
intake, medications and cognitive function.
4. To examine psychosocial correlates of hearing disability, visual impairment and
dual sensory impairment (i.e. in relation to low health satisfaction, depression and
non-participation in social activities).
This project requires baseline data on hearing test, self-reported illnesses, lifestyle
factors, cognitive function tests and eye measures for the full cohort.