SA-2: Cognitive Screening Tools and Clients with Hearing Loss: Considerations for Audiologists


Hearing loss has been identified as a modifiable risk factor for dementia and there has been growing discussion as to whether audiologists can or should screen for cognitive function.  As a clinical and research neuropsychologist, I will provide my perspective on 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 whether cognitive screening should be undertaken 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