Hearing impairment in dementia – how to reconcile two intertwined challenges in diagnostic screening

Abstract

Prevalence of dementia as well as hearing impairment is increasing with age. As a consequence older people are often affected by both conditions. Especially among the people with dementia a majority also has significant hearing problems. With population aging and more people getting even older the number of these patients will increase immensely over the next years. Dementia refers to a spectrum of brain disorders, all of which involve cognitive impairment but vary widely in terms of the cause, course, and prognosis. Dementia is more than just memory impairment; it involves impairment in multiple areas of cognition. Prevalence of dementia exponentially increases from 2% of people under the age of 65 years with doubling of numbers every five years up to 30-50% at the age of 90 years. Dementia is the leading cause of institutionalization among the elderly. Prevalence among elderly nursing home residents is estimated to be 60- 80%...

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Published
2011-03-09
Keywords:
diagnostic screening, hearing impairment, dementia.
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Lemke, U. (2011). Hearing impairment in dementia – how to reconcile two intertwined challenges in diagnostic screening. Audiology Research, 1(1), e15. https://doi.org/10.4081/audiores.2011.e15