Hearing Assessment and Rehabilitation for People Living With Dementia

Piers Dawes, Jenna Littlejohn, Anthea Bott, Siobhan Brennan, Simon Burrow, Tammy Hopper, Emma Scanlan

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Hearing impairment commonly co-occurs with dementia. Audiologists, therefore, need to be prepared to address the specific needs of people living with dementia (PwD). PwD have needs in terms of dementia-friendly clinical settings, assessments, and rehabilitation strategies tailored to support individual requirements that depend on social context, personality, background, and health-related factors, as well as audiometric HL and experience with hearing assistance. Audiologists typically receive limited specialist training in assisting PwD and professional guidance for audiologists is scarce. The aim of this review was to outline best practice recommendations for the assessment and rehabilitation of hearing impairment for PwD with reference to the current evidence base. These recommendations, written by audiology, psychology, speech-language, and dementia nursing professionals, also highlight areas of research need. The review is aimed at hearing care professionals and includes practical recommendations for adapting audiological procedures and processes for the needs of PwD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1089-1102
Number of pages14
JournalEar and hearing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2022


  • audiology
  • cognitive impairment
  • dementia
  • hearing loss


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