The effect of cochlear implants on cognitive decline in ageing Australia

  • Harris, David (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Dowell, Richard (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Sarant, Julia (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Briggs, Robert J.S. (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Busby, Peter (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Maruff, Paul Thomas (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Deafness has been found to be independently associated with a 30-40% accelerated rate of cognitive decline in elderly adults. There is a currently no effective trearment for cognitive function in elderly people with deafness. The outcome of this observational study will help us to understand the biological process of cognitive decline, wether hearing loss is causal, and whether the process can be altered. These findings will be applicable to all individuals with hearing loss. If cochlear implants delay cognitive decline, this would impact significantly on policy, quality of life for the elderly, and the cost to society.
Effective start/end date1/01/1531/12/17


  • Australian Research Council (ARC)