The influence of hearing impairment on driving avoidance among a large cohort of older drivers

March 12, 2021


  • Jonathon M. Vivoda
  • Lisa J. Molnar
  • David W. Eby
  • Scott Bogard
  • Jennifer S. Zakrajsek
  • Lidia P. Kostyniuk
  • Renee M. St. Louis
  • Nicole Zanier
  • David LeBlanc
  • Jacqui Smith
  • Raymond Yung
  • Linda Nyquist
  • Carolyn DiGuiseppi
  • David Strogatz

As people age, some of the commonly experienced psychomotor, visual, and cognitive declines can interfere with the ability to safely drive, often leading to situational avoidance of challenging driving situations. The effect of hearing impairment on these avoidance behaviors has not been comprehensively studied. In this study, data from the American Automobile Association (AAA) Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (LongROAD) study were used to assess the effect of hearing impairment on driving avoidance, using three measures of hearing.

Journal of Applied Gerontology, doi: 10.1177/0733464821999223

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