Hearing Impairment, Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease, and Cognitive Function, and Individuals Who Are Hispanic or Latino

Is there a relationship between hearing impairment, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and cognitive function for individuals who identify as Hispanic/Latino? 

Stickel and colleagues (2020) addressed this question by analyzing results obtained on 9,180 individuals between the ages of 45-74 years who identified as Hispanic or Latino. 

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Can Individual Cognitive Abilities Direct Audiology Treatment?

Imagine you are at a party or at a busy restaurant and you are trying to follow what your conversation partner is telling you. Despite the music, conversations of the other guests, and the sound of clattering dishes in the background, you are able to understand most of the story. You are able to direct your attention to your conversation partner, make use of contextual information, and fill in the gaps of bits of the conversation you may have missed. Of course, it’s important for the auditory system to accurately encode sounds.

Topic(s): Cognitive-Screening, audiology

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Cognitive-Screening Practices Among Audiologists

Cognition (i.e., the ability to reason, plan, remember, and direct tasks) has gained our professional attention, motivated in part by findings that hearing loss is associated with greater likelihood of cognitive decline (Lin et al, 2011; Lin et al, 2013) and is a major modifiable factor contributing to dementia risk (Livingston et al, 2017).   

Topic(s): Cognitive-Screening, audiology