Event Date: May 14, 2014 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM EDT
Presented by: Kate Dupuis, a registered Clinical Neuropsychologist and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto & Debbie Ostroff, a Clinical Audiologist at Baycrest Health Sciences

There is a strong connection between hearing loss and cognitive health, particularly in older adults. Prevalence rates of hearing loss and cognitive loss, such as mild cognitive impairment and dementia, both increase with age. Recent large-scale epidemiological research has suggested higher rates of cognitive impairment in individuals with greater degrees of hearing loss.

Potential explanations for this connection include an underlying neurobiological cause, a common underlying pathology and/or factors related to social participation and engagement. It is well known that treating hearing loss may help to optimize communication, which in turn may improve an individual’s well-being directly as they engage more fully in activities of daily living.

Communication problems significantly increase the risk of preventable adverse events in healthcare. As such, maintaining communication may also provide indirect benefits to other aspects of the person’s health and/or the health of their significant others. Hearing loss and compromised communication present significant challenges for assessment and for treatment for just about every health professional.

In this webinar the presenters address how to factor sensory loss into your clinical decisions and recommendations. Specific strategies that can be implemented in clinical practice were discussed, and preliminary findings from ongoing clinic-based research projects were presented.

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