Deafness and Dementia

A new deafscotland study highlights parallels between the social isolation of lockdown and the social isolation experienced by 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.

The report on Dementia and Deafness is available below.

A summary of the report is available here in BSL: 

Our press release is available here as a fully accessible video: 

Deafness and Dementia Webinar

On Thursday 6 August 2020, we had a successful collaborative event with The ALLIANCE Live! team to talk about deafness and dementia across all four pillars of deafness. The webinar is in two parts.

Watch part one below

Watch part below

Joining the Evidence Dots

Our Chief Officer, Janis McDonald, discusses how deafscotland is using World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month to highlight the established link between dementia and hearing loss in the Third Force News: