Improving physical activity in older adults with hearing loss

Developing a new digital program to help older adults with hearing loss improve their social and physical wellbeing.

The World Health Organisation estimates that over 5% of the world’s population (466 million people) currently live with a disabling hearing loss. This figure will rise to over 900 million people by 2050 due to the global aging population.

Older adults living with hearing loss are more likely to be socially isolated and physically inactive (or sedentary), which increases their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and dementia, also known as noncommunicable diseases.

Research in focus

Promoting physical activity in older adults with hearing loss in a digital era

Online (or digital) programs that promote social and physical activity in healthy older adults living in the community can reduce non-communicable disease risk. However, there are no programs that address the specific and complex needs of older adults with hearing loss.

We are completing several projects to assess how hearing loss, noncommunicable disease, and physical activity are all related. Our research has shown that greater hearing and memory difficulties in older adults is associated with lower participation in sport and exercise. As a result, in collaboration with older adults with hearing loss, we are currently developing a new digital program to help them improve their social and physical wellbeing.

Research outputs

Meet the experts

Dr David Maidment

Dr David Maidment

Lecturer in Psychology

David’s research focuses on evidence-based digital interventions to increase social and physical activity, and reduce noncommunicable disease risk, in adults with disabilities.

Eef Hogervorst

Professor Eef Hogervorst

Professor of Psychology

Eef's research focuses on the early diagnosis and risk/protective factors for dementia. This includes lifestyle interventions such as exercise.