Video 4 2018
“Cognitive abilities in hearing impaired seniors in correlation with specific audiological diagnostics and preoperative MRI scans”
At the ENT Clinic of Hanover Medical University, 26% of cochlear implant recipients in the patient collective are over 65 years of age. Within this age group, neurodegenerative changes are sometimes evident that may manifest themselves as forms of dementia. As a result, there is reason to assume that the success of CI provision may be impaired.
Based on the results presented, we shall show that hearing impaired seniors, including those with cognitive difficulties, benefit from hearing systems. By using standardised MRI protocols before CI implantation, no adequate differentiation of any existing morphological functional deficits can be achieved. On the basis of further examinations, we will in future attempt to improve predictability, and at the same time make a clearer distinction between cognitive abilities and hearing loss.