Detecting Cognitive Function Decline with Cognitive Screening
A ten year study carried out by Dr. Frank Lin established that there is an up to five-fold increase in dementia for individuals with mild, medium, or severe hearing loss.
A 25 yearlong French study in the Journals of Gerontology demonstrated an increase in the cases of disabilities, dementia, and depression among elderly men as hearing loss continued to increase, supporting the research of Dr. Lin.
How hearing loss connects to increasing your risk for developing dementia and early cognitive decline is complex, but the link is the cause of concern for our doctors of audiology. In Duncan Hearing Healthcare’s efforts to help our patients and their families live a richer, more independent lifestyle through better hearing, we take things a step further by making use of advanced diagnostic technology that measures how hearing loss is impacting your cognitive health.
We utilize a breakthrough technology known as Cognivue Screening in order to enhance the level of custom hearing care we are able to provide.
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Four Ways Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline Are Linked
The American Academy of Neurology describes four different ways hearing loss and cognitive decline are linked.
1. Common Risk Factors
2. Mental Overload
3. Structural Changes
4. Social Isolation
University of British Columbia researchers demonstrated an increase in social isolation by a factor of 52% for every 10-decibel drop in hearing capacity. This occurs due to the stress and discomfort involved with struggling to keep up with conversations in noisy settings. Social isolation makes a significant contribution to cognitive decline.
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What Is Cognivue Screening and How Does It Work?
Cognivue Screening is a specialized tool used by Duncan Hearing in order to help our patients identify and manage cognitive decline. It serves as an advanced level tool for measuring cognitive decline, developing the right hearing care treatment plan and provides insight helpful in the process of selecting the hearing aid technology.
This form of cognitive testing utilizes a personalized, consistent, and reliable assessment of your overall brain health, establishing a baseline score against which you and your doctor can monitor and detect changes as they develop, utilize new interventions when levels decline, and measure the success of interventions already in place.
Some of the features of Cognivue screening include:
- Quick assessments (about 10 minutes)
- Interactive and intuitive
- Immediate results after testing
- Easy to understand results
- Secure and confidential
A special characteristic of Cognivue testing is its capacity to adapt the test according to the patient’s performance using unique software algorithms that help improve testing accuracy by eliminating testing variability.
What Cognitive Screening Results Show
1. Memory Score
2. Visuospatial Score
3. Executive Function Score
4. Reaction Time
5. Processing Speed
Schedule a Cognitive Screening at Duncan Hearing Healthcare
Because some of our patients have put off addressing their hearing loss for an extended amount of time, some come to us already experiencing a degree of cognitive decline. Using cognitive screening at Duncan Hearing Healthcare, we’re not only able to help provide better hearing, but we’re also able to assist with helping you limit the effects your hearing loss has on your cognitive abilities.
If you, or a loved one, struggles with recall, making decisions, organizing tasks, losing your sense of direction, or other cognitive issues along with signs of hearing loss, submit the adjacent form to schedule a Cognitive Screening with one of our doctors of audiology.