A recent study published in the European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology examined the effect of cochlear implantation on quality of life and cognitive decline on young (under 60) and older (over 60) participants with severe-to-profound hearing loss.
According to researchers, cognition scores on the RBANS questionnaire—the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status used for the dual purposes of identifying and characterizing abnormal cognitive decline in the older adult and as a neuropsychological screening battery for younger patients—showed improvement for both the younger and older groups after a year of cochlear implant utilization. Researchers also demonstrated improvements in other factors associated with improved hearing including speech perception and quality of life, including a decrease in anxiety and depression.
To read the study in its entirety, please visit the Springer website.
Source: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology