This course addresses unique challenges for those who find themselves working with the aging population. An overview of dementia and the connections to hearing loss and hearing health care interventions will be discussed. Also, age-related changes in both sensory function and cognitive abilities and social disengagement and withdrawal as a result of listening fatigue will be reviewed.
Course created on October 17, 2018
- After this course, participants will be able to describe how age-related changes in sensory and cognitive abilities affect speech perception in older adults and identify current theories of spoken word recognition.
- After this course, participants will be able to distinguish between the terms loneliness and social isolation and between listening effort and fatigue, and describe tools they can use to measure loneliness, social isolation, and fatigue.
- After this course, participants will be able to list the causes and modifiable risk factors for dementia, the significant role of hearing loss in the equation and explain the contribution of hearing interventions to dementia onset, dementia progression and brain health.
- After this course, participants will be able to define the oldest-old and discuss key demographic characteristics and discuss why and how to modify clinical practices to better meet the needs of aging adults.
|0-60 Minutes||Foundational Aspects of Hearing and Aging: A Research Update|
|60-120 Minutes||Listening Effort, Fatigue and Social Isolation: Consequences of Age Related Hearing Loss|
|120-210 Minutes||A Dementia Primer for Audiologists|
|210-270 Minutes||Providing Care to the Oldest-Old: Considerations for the Clinician|
Mitchell S. Sommers
Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Dr. Mitchell Sommers obtained a PhD in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1993. He went on to Indiana University for three years after graduating. He then accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Sommers has been with Washington University for over 25 years and is currently Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
Professor Barbara Weinstein is a Professor of Audiology at the Graduate Center, CUNY and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Hospitial. She developed the world’s most widely used tools to identify patients with hearing loss which have been translated into 20+ different languages and are used globally to document the negative health effects associated with hearing loss and the outcomes associated with hearing aid use, audiologic rehabilitation and counseling, and e-rehabilitation. Dr. Weinstein has also widely researched geriatric audiology in the areas of screening and psycho-social factors associated with hearing loss. She completed one of the first studies on senile dementia and hearing loss, and hearing loss and social isolation.
Dr. Weinstein founded and directed the Doctoral Program in Audiology at the Graduate Center, CUNY in New York City as well as the Doctoral programs in Public Health, Nursing Sciences and Physical Therapy. The author of both editions of Geriatric Audiology, Dr. Weinstein has represented the field of audiology on federal panels and has been a leader in audiology professional societies. Her policy and opinion pieces are read nationally and internationally by members of the audiology community and by lay people, as well.
Dr. Weinstein has long advocated for the integration of hearing health care into the mainstream be it cultural, medical or religious institutions. Her research on hearing loss and dementia, and on the social consequences of hearing loss, has profound implications at the intersection of audiology, medicine and society.
Brian J. Taylor
Brian Taylor, AuD is the director of scientific and product marketing for Signia, a division of WS Audiology. He is also the editor of Audiology Practices, the quarterly publication of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, and editor-at-large for the Hearing Health & Technology Matters blog.
Lori Zitelli joined UPMC as an audiologist in 2012. She received her clinical doctorate in Audiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a part-time lab instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and teaches a Clinical Procedures Lab for first year AuD students. Her special interests include amplification, tinnitus/decreased sound tolerance evaluation and treatment, clinical education, clinical research, and interventional audiology. She is an active fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
Barbara Weinstein: Financial: Barbara Weinstein is a professor at CUNY and NYU. She has completed research and has numerous publications on geriatric audiology. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Barbara Weinstein developed the Hearing Handicap Inventory for the Elderly and the Hearing Handicap Inventory for Adults.
Brian Taylor: Financial: Brian Taylor is Director of Clinical Audiology for Fuel Medical. He is also the Editor of Audiology Practices and the Hearing Health Matters blog. He received an honorarium for presenting this course. Non-financial: Brian Taylor has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Lori Zitelli: Financial: Lori Zitelli is employed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She received an honorarium for presenting this course. Non-financial: Lori Zitelli has no non-financial relationships to disclose.
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