Audiology

Hearing loss can impact cognition.

How audiology plays a key role in detecting early 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. 

For Audiologists:

  • 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. 

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“Thank you Cognivue for the easiest and most credible cognitive health screener I’ve ever used. For two years patients have not acted on the results of traditional paper and pencil screenings tools. Cognivue results stimulate questions from patients and their physicians that review the report,” Albert F. Turri, Au.D.

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