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14/122017

BSHAA Webinar: Hearing And Mind

Join Dr Piers Dawes to look at the possible links between hearing impairment and cognition.

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BSHAA Webinar: Hearing And Mind - What should we do about hearing loss to promote cognitive well-being in older age?
Thursday 14 December 2017, 18.30 to 20.00 GMT
FREE for BSHAA members | £20+VAT for non-members
2.5 BSHAA CPD points ((1.5 for attending and 1.0 for noting reflection)
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Outline

Age-related hearing loss is a marker of risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Dr Piers Dawes - Senior Lecturer in Audiology at the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD) - will outline possible links between hearing impairment and cognition, including hearing loss as a biomarker for cognitive well-being, the impact of cognitive declines on ‘listening’, and hearing impairment as a causal contributor to cognitive decline and poor quality of life in older age.
Piers will share recent research including the centre's work modelling associations between hearing impairment and cognition, as well as the impact of hearing interventions on cognition. He will argue that effective prevention, identification and management of hearing problems represents an important opportunity to optimise well-being and quality of life in older age.
At the end of this webinar, you should be able to:
  • describe evidence that shows an association between hearing, cognitive function and dementia risk;
  • understand the possible links between hearing, cognitive function and dementia risk;
  • describe how attention to sensory function may promote mental well-being in later life.

 

Our speaker

Piers Dawes

Dr Piers Dawes
Senior Lecturer in Audiology at the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD)

Piers Dawes studied speech and hearing science at Curtin University in Western Australia before moving to the UK to study for a doctorate in experimental psychology at Oxford University. He is currently a senior lecturer in audiology at the University of Manchester.

Dr Dawes’s research concerns the impact of hearing impairment on development in childhood and old age, and improving quality of life for adults and children with hearing impairments. He was a recipient of a US-UK Fulbright Award and was awarded the British Society of Audiology’s TS Littler Prize for services to audiology. Dr Dawes was the founding chair of the British Society of Audiology’s special interest group for cognition in hearing, which promotes research and raising awareness of new developments on cognitive issues in hearing science, assessment and intervention.

Dr Dawes is joint PI for “Ears, Eyes and Mind: The “SENSE-Cog Project” to improve mental well-being for elderly Europeans with sensory impairment”, a €6.2 million EU Horizon 2020 project. Dr Dawes is an associate lead for the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, and leads a consortium of international researchers (including Nottingham Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, Leeds University, Wisconsin University, University College London and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre) in analysing hearing and tinnitus data from the UK Biobank resource (N=500,000 UK adults).

 

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Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Thu 14 Dec 2017
  • Wed 13 Dec 2017
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