Past Free Webinar – October 17, 2017

Hearing Loss Matters (AKA, Hear for the Health of It!)

By: Mary Bauer, Hearing Specialist at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Handout – Hearing Loss Matters

Age-related hearing loss affects most of us: in our work with seniors, with family members and friends, and personally.  This webinar features recent research from John Hopkins that addresses the alarming consequences of untreated age-related hearing loss in seniors; including how it impacts their health, finances, relationships and safety.

Learn about the importance of early intervention, identify effective steps to take to address hearing loss, and discover ways to strengthen community supports through technology, effective communication strategies and best practice policies.

Implementing some or all of the strategies identified in this presentation will help improve the quality of life for seniors with hearing loss and help them become more engaged in their communities.


  1. Acquire an increased awareness to the growing number of adults and seniors with hearing loss.
  2. Learn a minimum of 3 negative consequences of untreated hearing loss in seniors.
  3. Identify 3 effective communication strategies to use when communicating with a senior with hearing loss.
  4. Learn about both low cost and no cost solutions that can enhance and improve communication during 1:1 conversations and in smaller and larger group settings.

Mary Bauer, Hearing Specialist at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services


Mary Bauer provides consultation, information & referral, technical assistance, and training regarding issues related to hearing loss.  Mary is well-known for her presentations and includes her own experiences as a person who is hard of hearing.  Mary has a double major form Augustana College in Elementary Education and Deaf Education and has worked with deaf and hard of hearing persons and their families since 1980.

Research and Related Links

Hearing Loss Matters Websites     Links for Webinar Direct Links and website addresses

Hearing Screening in Older Adults

The Lin Research Group

Hearing Loss and Dementia Linked in Study

Hearing Loss Linked to Three-fold Risk of Falling

Hearing Loss Accelerates Brain Function Decline in Older Adults

Hearing Loss in Older Adults Tied to More Hospitalizations and Poorer Physical and Mental Health