Socioeconomic inequalities and hearing health in England

  • Dalia Tsimpida, MSc, BSc, MBPsS (Discussant)

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentationResearch


Main topics of the seminar included:

a)The construction of a Conceptual Model for the emerging research area of hearing health inequalities, which depicts the modifiable factors for hearing loss during the life-course and the mechanisms between socioeconomic inequalities and hearing health.
The Hearing Health Inequalities Model (HHI Model) could be used as a tool for prevention, identification and management of hearing health inequalities and for policy formulation aimed at hearing loss risk reduction.

b) The findings of the first study in hearing loss research that examines the effects of four different indicators of socioeconomic position (education, occupation, income, wealth) to the objectively measured hearing loss in older adults, and explores how major lifestyle factors (such as smoking, high BMI, insufficient physical activity and excessive alcohol consumption) account for the variance in hearing loss, using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA).

c) Preliminary findings from a study regarding the diagnosis of hearing loss in primary care, which offers an explanation why those of a lower socioeconomic position use specialist health services less frequently, in spite of the financial support of the treatment and hearing aid provision through the NHS in the UK.
Period23 Apr 2019
Event titleCentre for Primary Care Seminar Series
Event typeSeminar
LocationManchester, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal