Hearing Loss or Deafness and Long-Term Conditions: Integrated Care (Action on Hearing Loss / DCAL)


“Joining up”, the Action on Hearing Loss and Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre report, examines issues relating to the provision of health and social care services to people with hearing loss or deafness and who have long-term conditions, such as dementia, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, Parkinson’s and sight loss. Significant cost savings and improvements to quality of life are said to be achievable. Health departments, commissioners and providers of health services in the UK are advised to consider hearing loss and deafness when assessing, diagnosing and managing people with a range of long-term conditions

There appears to be a relationship between hearing loss and dementia. This report suggests that over £28 million could be saved in England by managing hearing loss in people with dementia more effectively. Section headings in this report comprise:

  1. Executive Summary.
  2. Introduction.
  3. Hearing loss and other long-term conditions.
    1. Hearing loss.
    2. The Deaf community.
    3. Access to health services.
    4. Dementia.
    5. Cardiovascular disease.
    6. Stroke.
    7. Diabetes.
    8. Parkinson’s Disease.
    9. Sight loss.
  4. Cost savings.
  5. Conclusions and recommendations.
  6. Appendices and References.

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Action on Hearing Loss [and] Deafness Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre (2013). Joining up: why people with hearing loss or deafness would benefit from an integrated response to long-term conditions. London: Action on Hearing Loss, 2013.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].

Incidental Interest: Auditory Training

Recent animal research indicates that keeping mice in the dark for a week changes their brains, leading to enhanced hearing. The potential for temporary blindness to heighten hearing sensitivity may one day lead to new therapies for some older people with hearing loss. More research is needed into this aspect of brain training.

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Gallagher, J. (2014). Temporary blindness ‘boosts hearing’. London: BBC Health News, February 6th 2014.

This relates to:

Full Text Link  (Note: This article requires a suitable Athens password, a journal subscription or payment for access).


Petrus, E. Isaiah, A. [and] Jones, A.P. [et al]. (2014). Crossmodal induction of thalamocortical potentiation leads to enhanced information processing in the auditory cortex. Neuron, February 5th 2014, Vol.81(3), pp.664-673.

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