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Improving physical activity in older adults with hearing loss

   School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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About the Project

The overall aim of this project to develop and evaluate a digital health behaviour change intervention to improve physical activity and reduce noncommunicable disease risk in older adults with hearing loss.

Compared to age-matched controls, older adults with hearing loss engage in significantly less physical activity each day. This is problematic because it can result in reduced psychological wellbeing, accelerated ageing, and increases the risk of developing noncommunicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and dementia.

A potentially novel and viable means to promote physical activity in older adults with hearing loss is through web-based (or digital) interventions. Indeed, there is a growing body of evidence showing that digital physical activity interventions can effectively improve physical and psychological wellbeing in community-dwelling (or healthy) older adults. Even so, to-date, no physical activity interventions have been designed or evaluated that meet the specific and complex health care needs of older adults with hearing loss.

This project will build-on existing research that has recently been completed at Loughborough University, including cross-sectional survey-based studies, qualitative interviews, and systematic reviews. Aspects of this research are currently being funded by an industry collaborator, Sonova AS, a global provider of innovative hearing care solutions, which may provide opportunities for eventual commercialisation of the developed digital intervention.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a subject that aligns with the topic of the project (e.g., Sport and Exercise Science; Exercise as Medicine).

A relevant Master’s degree (e.g., Health Psychology; Public Health) and knowledge of mixed methods will be an advantage. It would also be desirable that the successful candidate has some experience of developing and/or evaluating (digital) health behaviour change interventions.

English language requirements:

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website (

Funding Notes

UK Fee: £4,500 Full-time degree per annum
International Fee: £24,100 Full-time degree per annum
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