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The Impact of Hearing Impairment on Mobility - Moving from Lab to Life

The Impact of Hearing Impairment on Mobility - Moving from Lab to Life
Researchers
  • Karen Li (Concordia University)
  • Natalie Phillips, (Concordia University)
  • Louis Bherer (Université de Montréal)
  • Jennifer Campos (Toronto Rehab Institute)
  • Jean-Pierre Gagné (Université de Montréal)
  • Kathleen M. Pichora-Fuller, (University of Toronto)
  • Nancy St Onge (Concordia University)
  • Walter Wittich (Université de Montréal)
  • Halina Bruce (Student) 
  • Laurence Lai (Student) 
Funding
  • CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) 

In this project, we ask whether individuals with age-related hearing loss are more vulnerable than those with no hearing loss in terms of balance and mobility, given that both effortful listening and motor control utilize cognitive control. Balance and mobility is measured with a combination of 3-D motion analysis, electromyography (EMG), force plates, and a moving platform, located in Concordia's PERFORM Centre. A portion of this work took place at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute's Challenging Environment Assessment Lab (CEAL), where we used virtual reality displays in conjunction with treadmill walking. Another portion of the work focuses on physical and cognitive training to improve on mobility and cognition.

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