2021 SAC Audiology Event Webinar Series: What Our 70 Years (Combined!) of Clinical Practice Has Taught Us About Older Adults with Hearing and Cognitive Difficulties: A Conversation Between Marilyn Reed and Natalie Phillips

Natalie Phillips, PhD and Marilyn Reed, M.Sc, Reg. CASLPO
May 20 2021
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Registration deadline is May 20, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. (ET)

May 20, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET)

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$336 (CDN) for the entire series*

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* The registration fee includes SAC membership for the remainder of 2021. This membership will provide access to our full suite of SAC Professional Development live webinars and recorded webcasts, including the recorded Audiology Event series. The SAC webcast library has over 175 recorded webcasts. Following The Audiology Event, an additional nine live webinars are scheduled to occur for the remainder of the year (until December 2021).



This webinar will provide an overview of the challenges faced by clinical audiologists when working with older clients who may also be experiencing cognitive changes due to aging or age-related neurological conditions like dementia and how cognitive screening may help to inform best practice for assessment and management of older adults with cognitive loss.

Learning Objectives:

You will become familiar with:

• The epidemiological research showing links between hearing loss and cognitive decline
• The distinction between normal aging and age-related neurological conditions (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease)
• The age-related changes in cognition typically seen in older adults with normal cognition 
• The most common cognitive deficits in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia
• How hearing ability and cognitive abilities can influence each other, both in the clinical and in everyday life
• Current issues in cognitive screening
• How collaboration between audiologists and neuropsychologists can inform best practice for assessment and management of older adults with dual hearing and cognitive loss

This will be a conversation between Natalie Phillips, a clinical and research neuropsychologist who studies the relationships between sensory loss, cognitive function and aging, and Marilyn Reed, a clinical audiologist with extensive experience working with older adults with cognitive impairment. Our approach will be structured but informal and will allow time for questions from the audience.


This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs (Category A).


Presenter Biographies

Natalie Phillips, PhD

Dr. Natalie Phillips is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University and holds the Concordia University Research Chair (Tier 1) in Sensory-Cognitive Health in Aging and Dementia.

Dr. Phillips examines the neuropsychology of healthy aging and Alzheimer disease. She studies the relationship between our senses and our cognitive abilities and language processing in older adults, including those who are bilingual. Dr. Phillips is one of the principal developers of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), a cognitive screening instrument used around the world for the assessment of mild cognitive impairment. She is the Associate Scientific Director of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) which is Canada’s national research consortium on dementia. She is the academic organizing neuropsychologist for the COMPASS-ND study and she is founding leader of CCNA Team 17 , which examines issues of sensory health and cognitive function in older persons with or at risk for dementia.

Marilyn Reed, M.Sc, Reg. CASLPO

Marilyn Reed is the Practice Advisor for Audiology at Baycrest, where she has worked since 1997. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Southampton in England in 1976. Since emigrating to Canada in the same year, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings with a focus on geriatrics, rehabilitation and clinical research in the area of hearing and cognition. She is currently the principal investigator on two projects, a Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovations SPARK grant ‘Enhancing visibility of hearing loss with in-office screening in a Memory Clinic’ and ‘New Brunswick HEARS’, a community-based hearing rehabilitation program for at-risk older adults funded by PHAC through the New Brunswick Healthy Seniors Project.


Accessing the Webinar

Zoom is used to host this webinar. Before joining, be sure to check system requirements to avoid any connection issues.

Note about internet: We suggest you DO NOT use a Wi-Fi connection to view the webinar as it can be unreliable and you may lose connectivity during the presentation.