Making sense of hearing related cognitive decline CPDONLINE48
Cognitive impairment and sensory loss are two of the leading contributors to non-fatal disease burden among older Australians. Critically, age-related hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline, and some have suggested this link to be causal and modifiable. This talk will cover the latest cognitive ageing and dementia epidemiology, describe their progression over the lifecourse, and identify the most widely recognised risk-factors for dementia prevention. A key focus will be to review hypotheses proposed to explain the link between hearing loss and cognitive decline, and appraise the current evidence in support of hearing healthcare as a viable intervention for reducing dementia risk.