HLAA survey on hearing loss and the pandemic

The Hearing Loss Association of America and Cochlear survey highlights COVID-19’s impact on the community of people with hearing loss in the U.S., including hearing and mental health-related implications.

  • Nearly half of those with hearing loss noticed impacts to other aspects of their health during the pandemic including increased anxiety, isolation and loneliness.
  • 70% are more aware of their hearing loss due to the pandemic; nearly half are more eager to explore hearing loss treatment options.
  • 95% of respondents reported that the use of face coverings impacted their ability to communicate
  • 68% increased their use of technology to communicate
  • 87% of hearing health care providers reported seeing increased signs of loneliness or isolation since the pandemic began.

This is according to a new survey conducted by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in partnership with Cochlear Limited. Hearing loss is an invisible disease that affects almost 50 million Americans. The online survey of 1,399 participants sought to find out the pandemic’s impact on those in the hearing loss community, including individuals with hearing loss, their loved ones and their hearing health care professionals.

Have a look at HLAA Cochlear Pandemic Survey – Hearing Loss Association of America

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CIICA and EUROCIU launch new resource: WHY HEARING WELL MATTERS FOR HEALTHY AGEING

Healthy Ageing is linked to addressing hearing loss

Download here and share!

The Cochlear Implant International Community of Action (CIICA) with EUROCIU today (1 December 2021) launched a new briefing on how addressing hearing loss could help support healthy ageing by mitigating against the effects of cognitive decline and dementia. Reviewing recent research the briefing concludes that early intervention in the form of using hearing aids could mitigate the progression of cognitive decline and possibly dementia in older people. 

It also reviewed growing evidence which points towards Cochlear Implants (CI) having the potential to arrest cognitive decline for many CI recipients. This in turn suggests that Cochlear Implants, and other hearing instruments, combined with appropriate rehabilitation, could positively impact on the progression of dementia while not necessarily being able to reverse it. 

Leo De Raeve, Acting Chair of CIICA comments:

During the last decade, the relationship  between hearing loss, cognitive decline and dementia has become clearer.  This document brings together the recently published evidence related to the impact of hearing loss on cognition, of hearing technology, of not addressing hearing loss and dementia and offers several suggestions for action.  Not only for professionals in the field of hearing care, but also for users’ associations (such as EURO-CIU) and advocacy groups (such as CIICA), this is a very valuable document which can support them in their actions.

Teresa Amat, President of EUROCIU says:

This topic has concerned us  for some time and  we wanted to pursue it for our members. Thanks to CIICA and EURO-CIU collaboration we have this strong document which brings all the evidence together to make the case for addressing hearing care and preventing hearing loss as well as invest in hearing technology. This is a must for all countries, administrations and organizations interested in hearing care and ageing well. 

The authors conclude:

“While future research is needed to better evaluate the mechanisms, hearing loss is the most important potentially reversible risk factor for dementia. (WHO, 2021; Livingston, 2020). Professionals, Health Authorities and those with hearing loss should be aware of this association. If we can mitigate the onset or effects of dementia through addressing hearing loss early this could make a large impact on reducing the overall costs associated with dementia and the burden on caregivers and society. “

Download the resource and share with your colleagues and members!

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WHO launches Hearing Screening: Considerations for Implementation

The World report on hearing recommends that WHO Member States take urgent and evidence-based policy action to prevent, identify and rehabilitate hearing loss. Screening for hearing loss and ear diseases at specific time points forms an important part of this strategy.

HEARING screening: considerations for implementation builds on the recommendations made in the World report on hearing. It aims to provide Member States with technical guidance for establishing evidence-based programmes for hearing screening in different target age-groups and to facilitate early interventions for ear diseases and hearing loss in: 

  • newborns and infants
  • schoolchildren 
  • older people

Screening was identified as vital to our network members and the World Health Organisation launched this handbook on screening this week. Three more webinars will be available to share more information about each area. To register go here: Launch of HEARING screening: considerations for recommendations (who.int)

These are all vital issues for the CIICA network  wherever you are. WHO hope it inspires hearing screening programmes to facilitate early intervention to address hearing loss. 

Go to Hearing screening: considerations for implementation (who.int) to download the document which provides information and evidence to establish screening programmes. 

More information at www.ciicanet.org/resources.

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Anniversary of the International Consensus Statements!

The Anniversary of the publication of the International Consensus Statements on Adult Cochlear Implantation is marked by the publication of Landmark – 12months on. There has been an amazing amount of activity to share that has taken place globally – raising the issue of adult CI during what has been a challenging time globally. Read the fascinating and encouraging summary of the activity of which CIICA has been a part….ICP 12 months in review (flippingbook.com)

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UK annual CI update: 2020-2021 data now available!

Every year BCIG asks UK cochlear implant centre coordinators to share the number of new patients who have received cochlear implants, and the number of people with cochlear implants that they look after.  Thanks to all the centre coordinators for sharing their data. In the UK from 1-4-20 to 31-3-21, 848 new people received cochlear implants. Lower of course than our usual annual figure, but great to see that so many people did get to benefit from a CI, despite the pandemic. You can also see the figures over the years with the trends over time which is really helpful. See the full figures here:

https://www.bcig.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/2-8-21-BCIG-CI-data.pdf

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