'Improving quality of life through addressing communication needs for people in residential care living with dementia.' PhD project funded by the Alzheimer’s Society (2020):
Many older people living in care homes are affected by both dementia and hearing impairments. However, hearing impairment is often undiagnosed and untreated in care homes, particularly in residents with dementia. Untreated hearing impairment can not only lead to communication problems and social isolation, but it has been shown to exacerbate the symptoms of dementia. By utilizing personal sound amplification devices as an accessible therapeutic intervention within the care homes, we aim to support those living with both dementia and hearing impairment. This project works directly with care home residents, their relatives and care home staff in order to improve communication and quality of life, minimize dementia-related symptoms and raise awareness of the effects of hearing impairment.
Dr Rebecca Millman, Dr Piers Dawes, Professor Chris Armitage, Professor Iracema Leroi