A Primer on Dementia and Hearing Loss One of the biggest public health challenges and a threat to brain health is dementia. In light of the social and economic costs, identifying modifiable risk factors is seen as having a role in prevention and care of persons with dementia. Hearing loss has recently been recognized as a modifiable ... Article
Article  |   May 04, 2018
A Primer on Dementia and Hearing Loss
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  • Barbara E. Weinstein
    Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY
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Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Part 1
Article   |   May 04, 2018
A Primer on Dementia and Hearing Loss
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2018, Vol. 3, 18-27. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG6.18
History: Received February 5, 2018 , Revised March 9, 2018 , Accepted March 13, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, May 2018, Vol. 3, 18-27. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG6.18
History: Received February 5, 2018; Revised March 9, 2018; Accepted March 13, 2018

One of the biggest public health challenges and a threat to brain health is dementia. In light of the social and economic costs, identifying modifiable risk factors is seen as having a role in prevention and care of persons with dementia. Hearing loss has recently been recognized as a modifiable risk factor given the increasing evidence linking the two. Although there is not yet a robust effect of hearing aid use on dementia onset and reversal of symptoms, hearing assistance has the potential to play an important role. To that end, audiologists must begin to take a proactive role as part of the team working with persons with dementia and family members. A primer on dementia and hearing loss is included in the discussion of the value added of including audiologic services in management of persons with dementia.

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