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Age-Related Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implants: Current Evidence and Consensus Recommendations


This activity was developed by Med-IQ in collaboration with Duke Health.

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Released:
10/29/19
Expires:
10/28/20

Maximum Credits:

0.25
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10/28/20

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0.25
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Released:
10/29/19
Expires:
10/28/20


Maximum Credits:
0.25


Overview: This 15-minute accredited CME publication reviews the impact of age-related hearing loss on clinical, psychosocial, and economic outcomes. The evolution and expansion of cochlear implant (CI) candidacy, particularly among older adults and individuals with sensorineural or asymmetric hearing loss, is explored. Factors contributing to the clinical effectiveness of CIs and post-implant outcomes as well as the importance of early access to CIs in older adults are also discussed.

CME Information:

Faculty
Howard W. Francis, MD, MBA, FACS
Richard Hall Chaney, Sr. Professor of Otolaryngology
Interim Chair Department Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
 
Activity Planners
Susan Kuhn, MHSc
Manager, Educational Strategy and Content
Med-IQ
Baltimore, MD
 
Lisa R. Rinehart, MS, ELS
Director, Editorial Services
Med-IQ
Baltimore, MD
 
Samantha Gordon
CME Specialist
Med-IQ
Baltimore, MD
 
Kathryn Schaefer, MSN, RN, CPHRM
Senior Manager, Accreditation and Compliance
Med-IQ
East Lansing, MI
 
Writer
Stephanie Wenick, MPhil
Wenick Communications, LLC
Chevy Chase, MD
 
Learning Objectives
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Summarize the evidence, recommendations, and impact of CI in adults with age-related hearing loss

Target Audience
This activity is intended for otolaryngologists.
 
Statement of Need
Estimates suggest that one-fourth of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 years has hearing loss, and approximately one-half of all adults age 75 years and older have disabling hearing loss. In total, more than 28 million Americans are living with hearing loss, and the numbers of those affected will continue to grow as the population ages. Hearing loss among older adults is associated with social isolation, depression, poor health outcomes, cognitive impairment, increased risk of fall and hospitalization, and excess medical costs. Despite its detrimental impact, adult hearing loss often goes overlooked as a major health concern.
 
Although older adults with moderate-to-profound hearing loss may benefit from cochlear implant (CI) technology, widespread misunderstandings exist surrounding patient candidacy, evaluation, insurance coverage, and benefits/risks of CIs in this population. Thus, otolaryngologists require current information on age-related hearing loss and the assessment and use of CIs.

Collaboration Statement
This activity was developed by Med-IQ in collaboration with Duke Health.
 
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Med-IQ is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
Med-IQ designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Medium/Method of Participation
This CME activity consists of a 0.25-credit online publication. To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, read the publication, and complete the evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.
 
Initial Release Date: October 29, 2019
Expiration Date: October 28, 2020
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 15 minutes

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Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity has been peer reviewed and has been approved for compliance. The faculty and contributors have indicated the following financial relationships, which have been resolved through an established COI resolution process, and have stated that these reported relationships will not have any impact on their ability to give an unbiased presentation. 
 
Howard W. Francis, MD, MBA, FACS, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.
 
Susan Kuhn, MHSc
Spouse Ownership interest (stocks/stock options – excluding mutual funds): Illumina, Johnson & Johnson, Viking Therapeutics
 
The writer, peer reviewers, and other activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
 
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