Ouellette, Sue E.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Communicative Disorders
Cognition in old age||Age and intelligence||Older people--Institutional care||Older deaf people
The effects of hearing loss on outcomes of two brief tests of mental status, the Mental Status Questionnaire and the Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire, were studied in an institutionalized elderly population. The findings indicate that there is indeed a relationship between auditory acuity and mental status. Elderly persons with decrements in auditory acuity score significantly lower than those with better auditory abilities on these brief measures of mental status. The study raises the issue of whether this association is the result of a lack of information base due to the auditory restriction and therefore representative of a confounding factor in the measurement procedure. The results do not support this informational postulation, and the plausibility of alternative hypotheses is explored. Results are suggestive of factors which may indicate a concomitant cognitive and auditory degeneration process. Further investigation into this question is warranted.
Sharp-Pucci, Marymargaret, "Auditory acuity and performance on measures of mental status in institutionalized elderly" (1987). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1582.
viii, 77 pages
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