QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 84 - Page 12

Improving hearing care for older people in residential care A RESEARCH TEAM AIMS to tackle one of the most significant health issues facing our ageing population – hearing loss. Audiologists from QMU are conducting a Scotland-wide research project which will ultimately improve hearing care for older people in residential homes. Hearing loss is a significant problem affecting the UK’s increasing ageing population. Surprisingly, it often goes untreated, resulting in millions of people who are suffering unnecessarily. The Scottish Care Home census 2014 reported that 10% of older people in long term residential care had hearing impairment. 12 QMYOU / Health & Rehabilitation