Thesis / Dissertation

The Effect of Higher Order Listening Function and Hearing Loss on Cognition in Older Adults

Grace Kellee Nixon, Julia Sarant (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Previous research has identified a relationship between hearing loss and cognitive impairment/dementia in older adults, however this research has primarily focused on measures of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). Central Auditory Processing (CAP), an ability which decreases with increasing age, is recognised as important for understanding speech in background noise, but is not routinely considered in audiological assessment or hearing-cognition research. Yet, some studies have provided evidence that poorer performance on some measures of CAP ability significantly relate to reduced cognitive function and/or increased likelihood of dementia diagnosis. Although there is no known ..

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