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A Deeper Dive into Cognition & Audiology: 2022

Approximately 55 million people (globally) have acquired dementia and that number is expected to triple in the next 28 years (by 2050). Despite disappointment regarding the pharmacologic treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (there are as-of-yet no drugs which cure or reverse Alzheimer’s Disease, when cognitive disorders are screened, diagnosed, and managed early, the opportunity to positively alter the trajectory of cognitive decline increases. In this article, we’ll examine some lesser-known factors and recent peer-reviewed findings which may impact our understanding of the relationship between cognition and audition.

BIHIMA Survey Asks About Hearing Loss Comorbidities

In a recent survey of 2,000 UK adults commissioned by the British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA), consumers were questioned about their awareness of the co-existence of hearing loss and other diseases such as dementia, depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

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ASHA Poll Results Show ‘Inaction’ On Hearing Loss

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) announced the release of new polling results that reveal a disconnect between the high value that Americans say they place on their hearing and their low willingness to be treated for any hearing loss. The findings are being made public in tandem with the launch of a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign—Act Now on Hearing—as the nation recognizes Better Hearing & Speech Month this May.

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Both Hearing & Vision Loss May Double Dementia Risk

Losing some hearing or eyesight is often a part of getting older, but a new study says losing function in both senses may put you at greater risk of dementia and cognitive decline years later. The research is published in the April 7, 2021, online issue of “Neurology,” the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

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HIA Releases Results of Hearing Loss Survey

New research announced by the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) reveals that 4 out of 5 Americans consider hearing loss serious, but ignoring the problem is more common than you may think. Fewer than 16% of adults ages 20-69 who need a hearing aid use one. That number almost doubles to 30% for adults over age 70 who need a hearing aid but don’t use one, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

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