Due to changes in birth rates and increased longevity, there are increasing numbers of people with age-associated conditions like dementia. This article is an engaging Q & A with neuropsychologist Dr. Piers Dawes regarding the relationship between hearing loss, dementia, and cognition, with implications for audiology clinical practice.
Course created on January 11, 2017
- After this course learners will be able to define dementia and explain why there is a renewed research and public interest in dementia.
- After this course learners will be able to discuss the relationship between hearing loss, cognition, and dementia.
- After this course learners will be able to describe findings from key published research in the area of hearing loss and dementia, and discuss research projects underway in this area.
Piers Dawes is a senior lecturer in audiology at the University of Manchester. Piers is a developmental neuropsychologist with a PhD in experimental psychology from the University of Oxford. Piers was a 2013-2014 US-UK Fulbright scholar, and was awarded the British Society of Audiology's Thomas Simm Littler Prize in 2014 for work on the epidemiology of hearing loss and acclimatization to hearing aids. He is the founding chair of the British Society of Audiology's special interest group for cognition in hearing. He is co-lead of ‘Ears, Eyes and Mind: The ‘SENSE-Cog Project’ to improve mental well-being for elderly Europeans with sensory impairment’, a European Commission-funded Horizon 2020 project. Piers’ research interests include the epidemiology of hearing loss, dementia, hearing genetics, treatments for hearing loss including hearing aid uptake and hearing aid benefit, and the impact of hearing impairment on development and quality of life.
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