Hearing Aid Use in Older Adults With Postlingual Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Protocol for a Prospective Cohort Study.
Matthew E Hughes, Joanna Nkyekyer, Hamish Innes-Brown, Susan L Rossell, David Sly, Sunil Bhar, Andrew Pipingas, Alison Hennessy, Denny Meyer
JMIR Res Protoc | Published : 2018
BACKGROUND: Older adults with postlingual sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) exhibit a poor prognosis that not only includes impaired auditory function but also rapid cognitive decline, especially speech-related cognition, in addition to psychosocial dysfunction and an increased risk of dementia. Consistent with this prognosis, individuals with SNHL exhibit global atrophic brain alteration as well as altered neural function and regional brain organization within the cortical substrates that underlie auditory and speech processing. Recent evidence suggests that the use of hearing aids might ameliorate this prognosis. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to study the effects of a hearing aid use interv..View full abstract