In only the last dozen years, many important studies have surfaced linking hearing loss to disabling conditions, such as cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, clinical depression, diabetes, falls among the elderly, heart disease, and many more. This webinar—presented by well-known audiologist and researcher Harvey Abrams, PhD, and sponsored by Hamilton CapTel—reviews several of the most eye-opening of these studies and summarizes their findings so that hearing care professionals can use them to foster more informed and impactful patient counseling—as well as to help educate doctors and primary care physicians for more patient referrals.

Specifically, webinar viewers will:

  • Learn how social isolation/loneliness, depression, falls, cardiovascular desease, diabetes, and dementia are related to hearing loss;
  • Become knowledgeable about several of the landmark and important studies that relate to each of these conditions, and understand the possible explanations and models behind these comorbities, and
  • See why updating your history forms, developing professional relationships with primary care physicians and other doctors, and screening for cognitive function and depression may be in your clients’ best interests.

The growing awareness of age-related hearing loss as a public health problem represents a huge opportunity for hearing care professionals to widen our footprint.

To read the Hearing Review article that summarizes this webinar, click here.

About the presenter:

Harvey Abrams

Harvey Abrams, PhD

Harvey Abrams, PhD, has served in a number of academic, clinical, research, and administrative capacities with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, academia, and private industry, including Chief of the Audiology and Speech Pathology Service and Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, the Director of Research at the Army Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Director of Audiology Research at Starkey Hearing Technologies. He currently serves as a Senior Research Consultant to Starkey Hearing Technologies, the Hearing Industries Association, and the Better Hearing Institute. He is a frequent lecturer on the topics of outcome measures, health-related quality of life, professional issues, and evidence-based audiologic practice, and his research has focused on treatment efficacy and improved quality of life associated with audiologic intervention.

About the Sponsor:

HRC-Logo_2017_RGB_Shadow 3Since 2003, Hamilton® CapTel® has connected individuals who just can’t hear on the phone with family, friends and hearing healthcare professionals. The experience of being able to read while listening to what’s being said on the phone provides clarity and confidence—which is why so many people with hearing loss rely on the Hamilton CapTel captioned telephone to stay connected and stay healthy. Right now, through the Hamilton CapTel Hearing Healthcare Program, you can certify your qualified patients to receive a Hamilton CapTel phone at no-cost. For more information call:  800-826-7111 or visit: