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Hearing loss and dementia

Frank R. Lin1 1Johns Hopkins University Age-related hearing loss in older adults is often perceived as being an unfortunate but relatively inconsequential part of aging. However, the broader implications of hearing loss for the health and functioning of older adults are now beginning to surface in epidemiologic studies. This lecture will discuss recent epidemiologic research …

Understanding why performance on “cognitive” communication tasks often reflects sensory integrity

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham11Neuroscience Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, United States Everyday communication depends on an interplay between coding the auditory and visual signals reaching the ears and eyes and modulating the information contained in these signals through cortical networks for attention, working memory, and language processing. It is well established that aging affects both sensory …