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Hearing Care in Integrated Person-Centered Care for Older Adults: Can Audiologic Rehabilitation Help in Meeting the Key Challenge Areas for Aging Well in Canada?
With increasing age, it is increasingly likely that older adults will experience multiple health issues, including sensory, motor, vitality, and psychological (cognitive and/or mental) health issues. As audiologists, we can help people hear better and function better as listeners and communicators.
Audiologists must recognize the overwhelming impact of age-related hearing loss on an individual’s quality of life which may affect cognitive health, increase risk of falls and injuries and lead to lower well-being. Clinicians are called to expand the traditional evaluation process and management strategies to provide appropriate care and support to this vulnerable population.
With the increased focus on person centered care, the conversation surrounding aging has been reframed. Presently the biopsychosocial model prevails informed by primary, secondary and tertiary screening to promote healthy and successful aging.
One of the most perplexing epidemiological statistics for audiologist is that only about 1 in 5 people with audiometric hearing loss who might benefit from amplification use hearing aids. How can audiologists improve hearing care for older adults?
A common complaint among older listeners is that others speak too fast. As we know, raising the volume of our voices distorts speech and often leads to the complaint that we are talking too loudly. Hearing aids improve audibility but do not resolve the problems that older listeners experience
Is Hearing Loss in Older Adults Predictive of Later Development of Dementia and Does Hearing Care Modify Dementia Risk?
This paper provides an overview of the rapidly expanding research evidence-base concerning connections between hearing and cognition. It underscores the importance of distinguishing between measures to evaluate performance on various domains of cognition in healthy older adults versus measures to screen for dementia and emphasizes that correlation does not prove causation.
Mysteries of the Hearing Brain — What Can Rate Code Tell Us About Cochlear-Implant and Older Listeners?
Samira Anderson looks at how impaired rate discrimination may affect an older person’s ability to understand speech in a cocktail party scenario.
With age-related hearing loss being among the most chronic health conditions for older adults, Sara Mamo presents an excellent article on Alternative Models of Hearing Care for Older Adults
Kelly Tremblay gives us an interesting look at her time sitting at a table in Geneva last year to help craft the World Health Organization’s Guidelines on Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE).
Emma Scholey brings us up to speed on a new study investigating how musical emotion is perceived in older adults with hearing loss which is underway at the SMART laboratory (Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology), Ryerson University.