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June 20, 2016
Targeting tinnitus, hearing loss and the progression of cognitive decline

Validation and publication of Targear commitment

One third of the population over 65 years-old is affected by presbycusis, making it the second most common cause of disability in older people (WHO). The progression of hearing loss (HL) is frequently preceded by hyperacusis and /or tinnitus. These are non-communicable chronic diseases that contribute to social isolation and associate with the progression of mild cognitive decline. Nutrition and frailty contribute to the progression of HL. It is essential for Europe to have well-trained people available to understand HL and tinnitus from a general perspective. To this end, we will contribute to: – Prevention. Early detection, diagnosis and counselling on healthy living life style will be provided to patients. – Cure and care. Novel tools for the stimulation of the hearing receptor and the training of tinnitus based on sound therapy and eABR evaluation wil be developed. – Research and education. o Identification of molecular mechanisms and prognostic factors by using laboratory models. Evaluation of feasibility of selected biomarkers for clinical use and proposal to the A3 members. o Education on the importance of age-related hearing disorders for active ageing by: social networks (@nutretuoido; @targear; www.targear.eu), outreach activities (Week of Science and Researchers Night), interaction with patients and learned societies. Training of professionals with multidisciplinary profiles about frailty, cognitive decline, nutritional and their relation with age-related hearing disorders (Master in Neurosciences and the Auditory Neuroscience Summer Schools).

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