Cognition and Hearing Group

The aim of the special interest group for cognition in hearing is to promote research in and raise awareness of new developments on cognitive issues in hearing science, assessment and intervention.

A special interest group for Cognition in Hearing was established in June 2013. Goals of the group include:

Recent activities

We recently completed a survey of audiologists to identify areas related to hearing and cognition of particular interest. The survey was designed and led by Clare Howard and Christian Fulgrabe. Survey results will be published in a future edition of Audacity and will be used to plan future SIG activities.

We have promoted an initiative by the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership (led by Dr Helen Henshaw and colleagues) to identify research priorities related to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mild-moderate hearing loss. The first round of the survey is now complete. The SIG will promote the second round of the survey in May 2015, where the aim is to discover which of the questions identified in round one are seen as being the most important for research. (To find out more, see)

The SIG also published an article in the BSA Audacity magazine by Dr Piers Dawes on “Can hearing aids prevent cognitive decline and dementia?”

The SIG helped with organisation of Journal clubs on hearing loss and dementia, co-ordinated by Jane Wild and Sarah Bent. The clubs took take place in Manchester, Cardiff and Brighton during March-April.

The SIG has drafted proposals for development of assessment and treatment guidelines for adults with learning disabilities (Siobhan Brennan) and adults with dementia (Sarah Bent).

Committee members:

Piers Dawes (Chair), Research Fellow, University of Manchester.

Helen Henshaw, Research Fellow, NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit.

Doug Beck, Director of Professional Relations, Oticon US

Sarah Bent, Senior clinical scientist, Wrexham Maelor Hospital

Siobhán Brennan, Senior clinical scientist, Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Christian Fulgrabe, Senior investigator scientist, MRC Institute of Hearing Research

Rachel Card, Audiology student representative

If you would like to join the SIG and be added to the mailing list, or suggest an activity for the SIG, please feel free to email me