Abstract

About six years ago, The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging was first published, and this study suggested that hearing loss was independently associated with an accelerated cognitive decline (Lin, Metter, O’Brien, Resnick, Zonderman, & Ferrucci, 2011). From information gathered by the Lin study and other studies on this topic that was what sparked the idea for the current study. The purpose of this study was to follow-up on a study conducted by Mary Ellen Scherer (2013). This study’s purpose was to examine the perception and knowledge of audiologists from around the nation about the potential relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and hearing loss. A total of 75 audiologists from each region of the United States participated in this study by completing an online survey regarding their demographics, patient population, clinical practice, and knowledge of the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and hearing loss. The results of this completed study concluded that audiologists were aware of the potential relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and hearing loss, but did not implement this knowledge over to their clinical practice.

Advisor

Goldberg, Donald

Department

Communication

Disciplines

Speech Pathology and Audiology

Publication Date

2017

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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