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ASSESSMENT OF HEARING IN THE ELDERLY: AGING AND DEGENERATION - INTEGRATION THROUGH IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION

Objective

Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions in the elderly population with important implications for patient quality of life. The diminished ability to hear and to communicate is frustrating in and of itself, but the strong association of hearing loss with depression and functional decline adds further to the burden on individuals who are hearing impaired. Hearing loss can limit communications skills: not to hear means not to understand what is being said. Hence deafness does not produce compassion but do often produce a sense of irritation. Despite the prevalence and burden of hearing loss, hearing impairment is largely underdiagnosed in older persons and undertreated. The reason for this is that one of the most conspicuous signs of a hearing loss is that it cannot be seen! Actually, this is the reason why deafness does not receive the necessary attention. Too often, the public and still too many health care professionals underestimate the dramatic effects of deafness. Novel strategies should be explored to make screening and early intervention a feasible part of routine care. Project AHEAD III has been specifically designed to: - Provide evidence of the effects of hearing impairment in adults and particularly in the elderly - Analyse costs associated with the implementation of integrated large scale programmes of hearing screening and intervention in the elderly - Provide quality standards and minimum requirements for screening methods and related diagnostic techniques - Develop guidelines and recommendations on how to implement successful screening programmes to be tuned to the local, social, and economical conditions of a country.
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 538 226,87

Administrative Contact

Ferdinando Grandori (Prof.)

Participants (18)

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MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 25 717,45

CH. & M. CYPRUS AUDIOLOGY CENTER -INTERACOUSTICS LIMITED

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 52 738,10

VEREIN FUER BERUFSGENOSSENSCHAFTLICHE HEILBEHANDLUNG BERLIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 75 328

KLINIKUM RECHTS DER ISAR DER TECHNISCHEN UNIVERSITAT MUNCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 80 281,53

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 97 905

UNIVERSYTET MEDYCZNY W LODZI.

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 40 125

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 43 458,55

UNIVERSITAT ZURICH

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 54 409,50

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 48 237,33

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

CHU HOPITAUX DE BORDEAUX

France

KLINIKUM DER UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN

Germany

PECSI TUDOMANYEGYETEM - UNIVERSITY OF PECS

Hungary

ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM

Netherlands

INSTYTUT FIZIOLOGII I PATOLOGII SLUCHU

Poland

AGENCIA VALENCIANA DE SALUD

Spain

OREBRO UNIVERSITY

Sweden

ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 31 762,67

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 200835

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2008

  • End date

    31 October 2011

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 392 131,92

  • EU contribution

    € 1 088 190

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

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