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Visibility 12 Issue 3

Categories of Factors Related to the Non-use of Magnifying Low Vision Aids: A scoping Review

Marie-Céline Lorenzini, ORT; Walter Wittich, PhD, CLVT

Several studies have examined the multifactorial decision process around the (non-)use of assistive technologies (ATs). High variability rates for non-use of low vision aids have been reported. Determinants of AT (non-)use, have been categorized into personal, AT-related, environmental and interventional factors. It is probable that these factors also apply to the use of low vision aids (LVAs). The aim of this scoping review was to explore factors related to magnifying LVAs (non-)use, building on an existing classification into four factors related to AT non-use in general and medical adherence.

Visibility 12 Issue 3

The Impact of Aging on Braille Reading Performance

Natalie Martiniello, MSc; Walter Wittich, PhD, CLVT

Vision Rehabilitation Therapists encounter a growing number of working-age and older adults with acquired vision loss, and reading difficulties are among the most common reasons for referral to vision rehabilitation services. While sight enhancement solutions (magnification) may be beneficial to those with functional vision, the use of methods such as braille provide additional options for those with fluctuating or significant visual diagnoses. The goal of this study was to synthesize knowledge about the impact of aging on factors related to braille usage, as a precursor to the development of protocols to meet the needs of adult and senior braille clients.

Visibility 12 Issue 2

Investigating the Potential Role of Gene Mutations in the Age-related Macular Degeneration: Cognitive Impairment Co-morbidity

Caitlin Murphy, PhD; Robert Koenekoop, MD, PhD; Olga Overbury, PhD

The number of seniors affected by Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and early cognitive changes is on the rise. Recent studies have shown a high co-occurrence of these conditions. This, along with the structural similarities in the brain and retina, shared disease risk factors and similar histopathology suggest AMD and cognitive impairment may share genetic risk factors as well. The goal of this study was to explore the possibility of known AMD SNPs contributing to the co-morbidity.

Visibility 12 Issue 2

Effects of Age, Cognition, and Vision on Speech Perception in Noise

Samantha Jansen, PhD; Alex Chaparro, PhD

The purpose of this study was to investigate which visual, auditory, and/or cognitive measures contribute to a listener’s ability to perceive spoken communication under poor listening conditions across age. An understanding of these perceptual and cognitive contributions can be leveraged to design environments and individualized clinical and therapeutic treatments aimed at improving speech perception in noise.

Visibility 12 Issue 2

Prevalence and Risk Factors of Acquired Dual Sensory Loss in a Sample of Canadian Older Adults

Walter Wittich, PhD, CLVT; Lebo Kolisang, MD; Anni Hämäläinen, PhD; Kathy Pichora-Fuller, PhD; Paul Mick, MD, MPH

Both vision and hearing decline in old age, leading many older adults to present with acquired dual sensory loss (DSL; concurrent vision and hearing impairment). The population prevalence of DSL has rarely been estimated, and its prevalence in older adults in Canada is unknown. We assessed the prevalence of vision and hearing loss (dual sensory loss) in community-dwelling Canadian adults aged 45-85 years.

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