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Biography

Dr. Carrie Scarff completed her Master of Science in Audiology at Dalhousie University, clinical Audiology internships at Georgetown Medical Centre in Washington DC and The IWK Grace hospital in Halifax, and her PhD and PostDoc in Auditory Neuroscience at the University of Calgary in the area of brain plasticity and hearing research under the tutelage of Dr. Jos Eggermont. She has published peer-reviewed publications in the areas of early identification of hearing loss, Tinnitus and auditory cortical plasticity following hearing loss with her colleagues at The University of Calgary and Dalhousie University.

Dr. Scarff practices at Audiology Innovations Ltd. in the Mission area of Calgary and directs this and its second location in Glenbrook Plaza. She sits on the Board of Directors with the Deaf and Hear Alberta non-profit organization in Calgary, and is involved in educating and informing health professionals and agencies about hearing loss issues, new research and treatments in hearing loss. She takes a particular interest in the effects of hearing loss on the brain and advancements in research in this area.

Dr. Scarff is a leading lecturer to health professionals and the general public. In her lectures, she covers the common causes of hearing loss, new technology and assistive devices, how to effectively communicate with those who have hearing loss, as well as tips and techniques to help keep their brain healthy for maximum hearing throughout the lifespan.

She is frequently invited to speak about demystifying hearing loss and helping individuals understand their own hearing loss from various non-profit agencies to health professionals at The Canadian Association of Audiology annual conference, provincial Geriatric Alberta Health Service rounds and Primary Care Network educational meetings for their health professionals including pharmacists, nurses, physiotherapists and physicians and Seniors resource agencies throughout the city.

Hearing Loss 101: What Everyone Should Know

Canadian research suggests that 17% of the general Canadian population experience some hearing loss As we age this number increases. We now know that 47% of Canadians age 60 and older suffer from at least a mild hearing loss (2012 Canadian Aging Longitudinal Study). Why is this? What can we do to preserve our hearing? Untreated hearing loss can have irreversible impacts on our brain function (Lin et al., 2014). New research confirms the link between untreated hearing loss and irreparable cognitive changes. Fortunately, researchers in France (2015) showed the protective effects of hearing aids on our listening and cognitive skills after age 50. Dr. Scarff presents information that demystifies hearing loss and offers some solutions to stave off its detrimental effects on our overall health.

In Her Lecture Dr. Scarff Covers

  • Different types of hearing loss -basic physiology
  • Common signs and symptoms of hearing loss
  • Hearing loss prevention. Safe sound levels
  • Treatment options and Assistive devices for hearing loss
  • Funding sources for low-income patients and seniors
  • Brain health and hearing