MARCS Monday Afternoon Colloquium presents Dr Brent Edwards

Event Name MARCS Monday Afternoon Colloquium presents Dr Brent Edwards
Start Date 9th Apr 2018 1:00pm
End Date 9th Apr 2018 2:30pm
Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes

Dr Brent Edwards

National Acoustic laboratories

Title of Presentation: "The Impact of Hearing Loss and Hearing Aid Technology on Cognitive Function".

Overview: Hearing loss and cognitive function interact in both a bottom-up and top-down relationship. The cognitive ability of a person is correlated with their ability to perform complex auditory tasks, such as understanding speech in a noisy environment, and recent evidence suggests that the ability to benefit from certain technologies is related to cognitive ability. Conversely, hearing loss has been shown to have a negative impact on cognitive function. The diminished representation of sound due to sensorineural hearing loss results in greater load of the cognitive mechanisms working to process the auditory signal. This increased listening effort from hearing loss can result in poorer memory, poorer comprehension, and poorer processing speed. If a diminished representation of sound increases cognitive load, a natural correlate is that the enhancement of the representation of sound through hearing aid technology may reduce cognitive load, with resulting improvement in concomitant cognitive function. Finally, a correlation between hearing loss and both increased cognitive decline and dementia has been discovered. Our knowledge to-date of all of these findings will be reviewed as will the clinical relevance of these findings.

Details:The presentation will be held in Bldg 3.G.55, Bankstown campus.Online video streaming of this seminar is available for Western Sydney University staff and students.

Remote access to live presentations is available to Western Sydney University staff and students via ZOOM. Please join the presentation by clicking on this link .