This presentation will review and evaluate recent public health research that demonstrates the implications of hearing loss for the health and functioning of older adults, particularly with respect to cognitive functioning, brain aging, and dementia. It will focus on the strengths and limitations of epidemiologic research in order to provide practicing audiologists with some basic tools needed to interpret and apply epidemiologic research in the clinical setting, as well as to define priorities for future research.
Course created on July 10, 2020
- After this course, participants will be able to summarize and interpret current epidemiologic evidence for an association between hearing loss and dementia and cognitive decline in older adults.
- After this course, participants will be able to evaluate potential explanations for epidemiologic associations between hearing loss and dementia and cognitive decline in older adults.
- After this course, participants will be able to identify key epidemiologic and public health questions pertaining to hearing loss and gerontology/geriatrics that remain unanswered.
|5-15 Minutes||A brief overview of epidemiology and its role in public health|
|15-30 Minutes||Review of current evidence supporting a relationship between hearing loss and dementia|
|30-45 Minutes||Evaluation of the evidence|
|45-55 Minutes||The implication for clinical practice and future research|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary, Q & A|
Jennifer A. Deal, PhD
Dr. Jennifer A. Deal is an epidemiologist and gerontologist with expertise in hearing loss and cognitive aging. She is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University and Core Faculty and Associate Director for Academic Training with the Johns Hopkins Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, a first-in-kind research center dedicated to training a generation of clinicians and researchers to understand and address the impact of hearing loss on older adults and public health. Trained in the epidemiology of aging, Dr. Deal studies how hearing loss and vascular factors impact the aging brain and cognition to provide insight into mechanistic pathways involved and to inform development of public health prevention strategies.
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