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Dementia and hearing loss: A narrative review

Ray, Manisha; Dening, Tom; Crosbie, Brian


Manisha Ray

Tom Dening

Brian Crosbie


Dementia and hearing loss are highly prevalent in older people. Both these conditions together increase complexities in all aspects of an individual’s care and management plan. There has been increasing research interest about the relationship between dementia and hearing loss in recent years. In this review we discuss the relationship between hearing loss and dementia, including hearing loss as a risk factor for dementia; the effects of dementia with hearing loss on affected persons’ quality of life and the care they receive; screening and available interventions; and opportunities for prevention. We also discuss dementia and hearing loss in the care home setting, as the majority of residents have either, or indeed both, dementia and/or hearing loss. Several mechanisms have been suggested for how hearing loss and dementia may be related but the evidence for how these may operate together is still unclear. Similarly, although it is to be hoped that the active identification and management of hearing problems may help to reduce the future development of cognitive impairment, evidence for this is still lacking.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2019-10
Journal Maturitas
Print ISSN 0378-5122
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 128
Pages 64-69
APA6 Citation Ray, M., Dening, T., & Crosbie, B. (2019). Dementia and hearing loss: A narrative review. Maturitas, 128, 64-69. doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2019.08.001
Keywords Obstetrics and Gynaecology; General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
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