Noted researcher and lecturer Harvey Abrams, PhD, points out that hearing loss shares many of the same traits as other chronic diseases in this 1-hour-long webinar. For example, the chronic disease of diabetes is similar to hearing loss in that they are both invisible, progressive, painless, often incurable, and treatable. Both conditions usually require “front loaded” professional care, where the key counseling occurs in the first several clinical encounters, and both conditions require self-managed behavioral change for long-term success. Likewise, when properly managed, patients benefit from diabetes treatment or hearing loss remediation by regaining activities that were previously restricting their physical behavior and quality of life.
In the webinar, Dr. Abrams explores the research surrounding seven comorbid conditions associated with hearing loss: social isolation and loneliness, depression, balance problems and falls, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia and even mortality — and the impacts on patients, families and clinical practices. It’s a must watch for any hearing healthcare professional.