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RecruitMe Clinical Trial

Treating Hearing Loss to Improve Mood and Cognition in Older Adults
Treating Hearing Loss to Improve Depression in Older Adults
Sponsor:National Institute on Aging
Enrolling:Male and Female Patients
Study Length:12 Weeks
Clinic Visits:6
Minimum Age:60 years old
IRB Number:7540
U.S. Government ID:NCT03321006
Contact: Carlen Zhu: 646-774-8005 / carlen.zhu@nyspi.columbia.edu
Additional Study Information:

In this research study, you will be fitted with hearing aids that may be fully tuned to improve your hearing (full dose) or may be only partially tuned and not likely to substantially improve your hearing (low dose). You will receive a free hearing aid that will be at full dose at the end of the 12 week study. You will also receive treatment for depression with an FDA approved medication called escitalopram (Lexapro) or duloxetine (Cymbalta). Escitalopram is a Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) medication, and duloxetine is a Selective Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SSNRI) that both appear to help with symptoms of depression. The purpose of this study is to determine whether treating hearing loss is helpful for depression over and above the known effects of antidepressants.

Do You Qualify?
Are you over 60 years of age?YesNo
Do you suffer from hearing loss?YesNo
Are you feeling depressed?YesNo
Have you worn hearing aids in the past 6 months?YesNo
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Investigator
Bret Rutherford, MD
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Who Can I Contact?
For more information, please contact:
Carlen Zhu
Email: carlen.zhu@nyspi.columbia.edu
Phone: 646-774-8005