For Health Professionals
A hearing loss is present in 6 out of 10 people aged 61 to 70 and 3 out of 4 people aged over 70 *
85% of those with a hearing loss do not use hearing aids. *
A gradual onset hearing loss due to presbycusis is insidious and difficult to self-diagnose. A reduced capacity to communicate has a significant impact on relationships, social connection, independent living and quality of life.
A strong clinical association has been identified in older adults between hearing loss and the risk of developing cognitive impairment and dementia. ** While this may reflect a common neurological pathway, the cognitive load from compensating for a poorly managed hearing loss is considered a significant contributing factor. **
We can provide hearing screening or full diagnostic assessments as part of your overall health assessment of patients in this age group. Audiological assessments at our clinic are eligible for a Medicare rebate as an Allied Health Service under the Chronic Disease Management Program.
* Listen Hear! The economic impact and cost of hearing loss in Australia. Access Economics Pty Ltd, February 2006, download from the Australian Society of Audiology website www.audiology.asn.au.
** Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults. FR Lin et al, JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(4):293-299.
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Myriam Westcott is the only clinician in Australia invited to contribute to “The Multidisciplinary European Guideline for Tinnitus: diagnosis assessment and treatment” Cima et al, 2019. Prominent neuroscientists and clinicians in the tinnitus field, as well as tinnitus patients, contributed to this guideline, designed to set worldwide standards for the provision of tinnitus therapy.
Please refer to the specific sections of our website for more detailed information about hearing loss, hearing aids, tinnitus, hyperacusis (abnormal sound intolerance), tonic tensor tympani syndrome (TTTS), acoustic shock disorder and central auditory processing disorder.
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