Read the latest report from deafscotland on the link between dementia and hearing loss and what this means for Scotland.
Deafscotland (this link will take you away from our website) have released a new study which highlights parallels between the social isolation of lockdown and that of people living with hearing loss and dementia.
The link between dementia and hearing loss has been well established and it has been found that mid-life hearing loss is a modifiable risk factor for dementia. There have, however, been few regional studies exploring the topic until now. A joint research collaboration between deafscotland and Queen Margaret University has looked more closely at prevalence rates in Scotland in order to better inform service planning at local and national level. This study has been funded by The Life Changes Trust (this link will take you away from our website).
During the emergency, many people are experiencing persistent communication and isolation problems leading to anxiety, distress and fear. It is certainly heightening problems for those who ordinarily have communication barriers and offers insight for those who have never before experienced barriers to communication. It should also help people understand the communication process when dealing with people affected by dementia and will create some useful hints, tips and new advice. Deafscotland hope this report and wider work informs recovery from this immediate crisis and informs policy around the aging population, dementia prevention and improved services.
The report on Dementia and Deafness is now available to download on the deafscotland website (this link will take you away from our website). Their press release is also available to watch as a fully accessible video on YouTube (this link will take you away from our website).