Better visuospatial working memory in adults who report profound deafness compared to those with normal or poor hearing

Data from the UK Biobank resource

Mary Rudner*, Gitte Keidser, Staffan Hygge, Jerker Rönnberg

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Experimental work has shown better visuospatial working memory (VSWM) in profoundly deaf individuals compared to those with normal hearing. Other data, including the UK Biobank resource shows poorer VSWM in individuals with poorer hearing. Using the same database, the authors investigated VSWM in individuals who reported profound deafness. Included in this study were 112 participants who were profoundly deaf, 1310 with poor hearing and 74,635 with normal hearing. All participants performed a card-pair matching task as a test of VSWM. Although variance in VSWM performance was large among profoundly deaf participants, at group level it was superior to that of participants with both normal and poor hearing. VSWM in adults is related to hearing status but the association is not linear. Future study should investigate the mechanism behind enhanced VSWM in profoundly deaf adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-622
Number of pages3
JournalEar and Hearing
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Deafness
  • Hearing
  • Visuospatial
  • Working memory

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