Audiologists Play a Key Role in Detecting Early Cognitive Decline
Hearing Loss May Lead to the Rapid Progression of Cognitive Decline
- The slow onset of hearing loss can have a significant impact on several key brain functions, including the memory, hearing, speech and language portions of cognition.
- Hearing impairment is a greater risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia than other individual mid-life risks. The proactive management of modifiable risk factors such as hearing loss may delay or slow the onset or progression of the disease.
- Several recent studies have shown that the use of hearing aids or other rehabilitation services for hearing loss, may slow down the rapid progression of cognitive decline.
- Cognitive screening aligns with auditory performance to help hearing professionals differentiate their practice and reinforce the use of hearing aids. This may reduce the progression of cognitive decline.
- Cognivue allows Audiologists to deliver world-class patient care and service by developing and setting industry best practices with innovation and interprofessional collaboration.
- By screening for auditory issues such as high frequency loss, Audiologists can encourage the early detection of cognitive decline and potentially slow its progression.
- It is a logical extension to include cognitive screening as part of the overall testing protocol given its association with hearing loss.