A Public Health Approach to Hearing Loss and Aging

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  • Background
    • Introduces hearing loss as a public health issue and provides a framework for evaluating how hearing loss is important to the health of older adults, including a discussion of basic epidemiologic study design. Provides a rationale for why hearing loss may be related to dementia diagnosis in older adults.
  • Hearing and Outcomes
    • Summarizes current epidemiologic research linking hearing loss to cognitive and healthcare outcomes in older adults, including dementia.
  • Application and Translation
    • Presents an overview of hearing’s impact on healthcare utilization, and of the translation of population based research into policy and interventions.