The Latest on Cognitive Decline, Listening Effort and Hearing Aids

The prevalence of dementia is expected to soar as the average life expectancy increases, but recent estimates suggest that the age-specific incidence of dementia is declining in high-income countries. In the February 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Claudia Satizabal and colleagues report “robust evidence” of dementia’s decline. Using observational data collected from…

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Hearing Loss, Dementia and “Out of Reach” Costs Are Topics at AAAS Meeting

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the world’s most well respected scientific organizations, held their annual meeting in Washington, February 11-15, 2016. On Sunday, February 14, Dr. Frank Lin of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore participated in an AAAS symposium entitled, At a Loss for Words, or…

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JAMA Report Outlines New Approaches to Mitigating Cognitive Decline: Will Audiology Play a Role?

According to the Pew Research Center, roughly 10,000 Baby-boomers will turn 65 today, and about 10,000 more will cross that threshold every day for the next 15 years.With this aging population comes the increased risk of Alzheimer’s as well as other forms of cognitive decline. The prevalence of dementia is expected  to double every 20…

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The Impact of Hearing Loss on Health and Wellness is Topic of PBS Video

Hearing loss in adults is more than a minor inconvenience; it is a public health concern with several far reaching effects that often can be successfully treated. That was the main message in a recent public television broadcast produced by Twin Cities Public TV in collaboration with the Minnesota Commission for Deaf, Deafblind and Hard…

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Hearing Aid Use and Cognitive Function: Research Continues to Show Mixed Results

Several industry press releases last week, including those posted by the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) and the Hearing Review, touted a longitudinal study, published in the October, 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. The study, authored by a group of researchers at the University of Bordeaux, France, indicated that hearing aid…

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