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Social Engagement and Hearing Loss

Helping patients with hearing loss avoid social isolation could be the key to a better quality of life and better physical and mental health—as well as a renewed focus for the hearing healthcare profession.

Social Engagement and Hearing Loss is a new special report, produced by The Hearing Review and sponsored by Hamilton CapTel, that focuses on how audiological care needs to renew its focus on helping patients regain the communication and social engagement—activities that make life meaningful and rewarding. The report reviews important research on hearing loss and its association with loneliness, cognitive decline, dementia, and even changes in the brain’s processing centers. One of the key points is that the entire field of hearing healthcare needs to start addressing the psychosocial impact of hearing loss, with the goal of restoring hearing, audibility, and understanding so that people can regain their social engagement. In other words, as important as better hearing is, it’s degraded communication and lack of social engagement that could be at the center of the many physical and mental problems being linked to hearing loss.

Featuring comments from leading experts in psychology and audiology—including Barbara Weinstein, PhD, Melanie Ferguson, PhD, Piers Dawes, PhD, Anu Sharma, PhD, and David Blanchard—Social Engagement and Hearing Loss doubles as an educational resource for any physician outreach and referral program.

 

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