Impact Partnerships: Audiology Innovations

28 August 2023

Silvera’s Service & Operations team recently celebrated one of its strategic service partners, Audiology Innovations, with a heartfelt thank you for their contributions to help Silvera residents age well.

Audiology Innovations is a health and wellness partner provider that offers mobile care services in supportive living communities.

The celebration of Silvera’s relationship with Audiology Innovations was held at at Spruce Commons, one of Silvera’s supportive living communities in Bridgeland.

(Left to right) Anu Rishi, Elan Feldman, Fred Burrill, Dr. Carrie Scarff, Bryce Metz, Olivia Chubey, Peter Lawrence, Gayle Ellis and Kaitlin Murray

Hearing is essential to your independence, physical, cognitive and social health. Equally essential is access to affordable hearing solutions. Audiology Innovations goes over-and-above to provide regular onsite hearing testing clinics, hearing education, hearing aid technical support within the residents’ benefit levels, and even facilitates access to grants when more funding is needed.

“We don’t leave anyone behind when they need hearing help,” said Dr. Carrie Scarff, Audiology Innovations Director and Owner.

During 2022, Silvera’s donor-funded research program partnered with Audiology Innovations, Deaf & Hear Alberta and residents of select supportive living communities to pilot the Meeting Hearing Challenges project, funded by Institute for Continuing Care Education & Research (ICCER) in raising awareness of hearing health and to test the newest technology.

Multiple residents who participated in the project reported that the new hearing technology had a life-changing impact on their quality of life. Together, we are already planning to expand hearing solutions to more Silvera communities later this year for greater impact. Such partnerships are powerful in removing barriers to aging in place.

Did you know that age-related hearing loss nearly doubles the risk for dementia? According to a 2020 study published in the Lancet “found that the use of hearing aids can reduce the risk of cognitive decline by about half — 48 per cent — for adults with more risk factors for dementia, such as elevated blood pressure, higher rates of diabetes, lower education and income, and those living alone. The study was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Amsterdam.”

Hearing aids may cut dementia risk by nearly half for some older adults – The Washington Post