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Socioeconomic position and health-seeking behavior for hearing loss among older adults in England

Benova, Lenka and Grundy, Emily and Ploubidis, George B (2014) Socioeconomic position and health-seeking behavior for hearing loss among older adults in England. Journal of Gerontology. ISSN 1079-5014. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine whether socioeconomic position (SEP) is associated with progression in the health-seeking process for hearing loss.Method.Logistic regression of data from a cross-sectional survey representative of noninstitutionalized, 50 years and older population of England (ELSA wave 2, 2004). Using self-reported hearing difficulty as starting point, we examined the association between SEP and health-seeking behaviors in 6 stages leading to hearing aid acquisition and use. RESULTS: Higher SEP was associated with lower odds of self-reported hearing difficulty, adjusted odds ratio [OR] = 0.87 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.83-0.91, p < .001). There was marginal negative association between higher SEP and receiving hearing aid recommendation (adjusted OR = 0.88, 95% CI 0.78-0.99, p = .05). SEP was not associated with any other stage of health-seeking behavior.Discussion.Among the noninstitutionalized older population of England, SEP-related inequalities exist in the prevalence of self-reported hearing loss. However, SEP is not strongly associated with progression in the remaining stages of health-seeking process during and after an individual's contact with the health system.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 15:16
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:10
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