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Liverpool Dementia & Ageing Research Forum January 2023

25th January @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In our January webinar Forum, we will be hearing from two dementia researchers and one carer about their research into and experiences of dementia and hearing loss.

Hearing loss is a major public health concern, and the negative impact of hearing loss does not end with a person’s ability to hear as commonly believed. Losing the ability to hear can dramatically impact how one interacts with others and experiences life; hearing loss affects communication, educational opportunities, work participation and employability, family life, and social life. In addition, hearing loss was recently identified as the most prominent risk factor for dementia. However, the mechanisms underlying the link between hearing loss and dementia are still unclear. We also have limited understanding of the experiences and needs of people living with both hearing loss and dementia.

In the first part of the webinar, Dr Dalia Tsimpida will present a brief overview of the current understanding of the link between hearing loss and dementia. In the second part of the webinar, Dr Eithne Heffernan will present the findings of her research about the experiences and priorities of people living with dementia and/or hearing conditions and their families, as well as clinicians and researchers working in this field. Eithne will also highlight the importance of ensuring underserved groups are represented in dementia and hearing research studies.

Dr Dalia Tsimpida is a Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Liverpool, Associate Fellow & Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society. Her research over the past decade is concerned with the social epidemiology and the public health aspects of hearing loss, focusing on hearing health inequalities. More specifically, her interests include the relationship between socioeconomic inequality and the development of hearing loss and the impact of hearing loss on the lives of older adults in terms of psychosocial well-being and the onset of multimorbidity.

Dr Eithne Heffernan is a Senior Research Fellow in the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre in the University of Nottingham. Her current research focuses on the experiences and priorities of people living with dementia and hearing conditions, their families, and their clinicians. She has previously researched social isolation in people living with hearing loss, as well as prehospital care for cardiac arrest.

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25th January
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm