Hearing Loss and Comorbidities in Aging: How Will Emerging Evidence Influence Future Best Practice in Audiology?
The language used in the descriptions reflects the language of the sessions.
Chair: Kathy Pichora-Fuller, PhD, Aud(C)
There is mounting evidence that older adults with hearing problems are at increased risk for and live with comorbidities that threaten their ability to participate optimally in everyday life and age well.
The first part of this session will provide four short talks to summarize key comorbidity issues that could influence best practices in audiology, including:
- a public health perspective on comorbidities (presented by Paul Mick),
- cognitive decline and dementia (presented by Natalie Phillips),
- vision and dual sensory loss (presented by Walter Wittich),
- and balance and falls (presented by Karen Li).
After the evidence has been summarized, Lina Santaguida will lead a mini tutorial on applying evidence in practice. Participants will then engage in small group discussions about how they can best use the evidence in their practice, including how to promote healthy aging while not misleading clients. The presenters and other experts will work with these small groups to facilitate discussion. The workshop will end with resolutions for future actions arising from the groups.
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