Academic co-authors article on age related hearing loss
Dr Jenna Littlejohn co-authored 'Age-Related Hearing Loss an Under-Recognised Cause of Memory Difficulties Mimicking Early Alzheimer’s Disease' which was published by the Austin Journal of Otolaryngology.
Dr Jenna Littlejohn is a Research Associate here at the University of Manchester.
The article follows the case of a 76-year-old male with a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s disease who volunteered for a research study. The piece concludes that hearing loss is common in the elderly, and symptoms may overlap with those of cognitive decline due to neurodegeneration. It states that clinicians should assess patients hearing status and associating features, such as depression and low self-esteem before making a diagnosis of dementia.
Jenna commented: “It is so important that hearing loss is investigated as part of the dementia assessment process.”
Jenna will also be speaking at the MICRA webinar on Wednesday, 2 September, titled Hearing loss, cognitive decline and mental health in the shadow of COVID-19. Other presenters are Chris Plack, and MICRA Director, Alistair Burns.