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The Effect of Cochlear Implants on Cognitive Function in Ageing Australians

SE17.8

Overview

The impact of hearing loss on quality of life is significant, with several studies showing that hearing loss has adverse effects on other aspects of health. Recently, hearing loss has been associated independently with the rate of cognitive decline in adults. Given the strong relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline, it is important to investigate whether restoring hearing can have a protective, or slowing, effect on the rate of cognitive decline.

This project, lead by Researchers at Melbourne University, seeks to determine whether cochlear implantation can delay or prevent the onset of cognitive decline. This study will compare cognitive function in healthy CI recipients to those who have normal acoustic hearing. As part of this study, information on mood, memory, attention and other cognitive functions is being collected and compared. Factors that may affect cognitive function in CI recipients, such as age, activity level, education are also being studied.

Eligibility

  • 60 + years old
  • No current dementia
  • Clinical suitability for cochlear implantation (one or two CIs)
  • Willing and able to attend the study visits.
  • Able to provide informed consent for participation in the study, with an understanding of the requirements, risks and benefits of participation in the investigation.
  • Able to read and fill in questionnaires.
  • Good competency in English (sufficient to complete written questionnaires and read simple instructions for cognitive assessments)

 

Site Locations

Australian Hearing Hub, North Ryde

Ground Floor, Australian Hearing Hub

16 University Avenue

Macquarie University NSW 2109

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Canberra

Equinox Business Park

Equinox 4 Level 1

70 Kent Street

Deakin ACT 2600

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Gladesville

Bldg 39, Old Gladesville Hospital

Punt Road

Gladesville NSW 2111

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Gosford

Suite 3, Ground Floor

40 Mann Street

Gosford NSW 2250

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Liverpool

106B Moore Street

Liverpool NSW

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Newcastle

Suite 3, 710 Hunter Street

Newcastle NSW 2302

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North Rocks

Watson House

361-365 North Rock Road

North Rocks NSW 2151

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Penrith

Suite 5A, 119-121 Lethbridge Street

Penrith NSW

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Wollongong

Community Hub Wollongong

26 Atchison Street

Wollongong NSW 2500

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Contact

For more Information on this study or to express interest in participating in this study, please feel free to contact  or call us on 9844 6819