159969 - Hearing Loss in your Community
A CPD updating GPs on the latest treatments, guidelines and referral pathways for hearing loss.
Michelle Moran - Clinical Audiologist, Cochlear
Jaime Leigh - Audiologist, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
Dr Rob Briggs - ENT Surgeon, Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
John Fisher - Cochlear™ implant recipient
Hearing loss affects one in six Australians and is projected to rise to one in four by 2050 with our ageing population. The prevalence of hearing loss increases with age and is as high as 33% in Australians aged 50 years or older. Hearing impairment in adults is associated with social isolation, depression, occupational disadvantage and cognitive decline. General practitioners play an integral role in identifying and engaging potential candidates for implantable hearing devices with specialist services. Patients presenting with hearing loss should be assessed for acute aetiologies, such as otitis media and sudden sensorineural hearing loss requires emergency review and specialist referral for initiation of medical therapy
The initial approach to hearing rehabilitation is the fitting of hearing aids however when patients are unable to hear optimally with their devices, implantable auditory enhancing devices may be an option.