Dementia screening tool for people with hearing or vision difficulties

Occurring Dates
Participant Duration
One hour
State of study
New South Wales
  • Are you over the age of 60?
  • Do you have difficulties with hearing or vision?
  • Would you like to help develop new tools for checking brain health?

We are looking for people with hearing or vision difficulties to develop new versions of a widely used assessment of brain health – the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA). We are looking for people with hearing or vision problems who have either 1) normal cognition or 2) are living with dementia.

The freely available Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is the most widely used screening test for cognitive impairment and dementia. But the MoCA relies on people having good hearing and vision. This project is about developing new versions of the MoCA that can be used to identify cognitive impairment for people that have hearing or vision difficulties. These new versions of the MoCA will be freely available for use around the world.

Participants will receive hearing, vision and memory tasks at Macquarie University. For example, you will be asked to remember some words to test your memory. We will also use some vision charts, like the ones used in the opticians, to measure your vision. We will check your hearing by having you listen for quiet beeps. 

The visit, which should take around 1 hour, can be scheduled at a time to suit you. We will provide you with $30 reimbursement for your travel costs and your time.

Further information

For further information or to participate, please contact Piers Dawes on 0404 001 980 or at [email protected].

This study has been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee (reference number 52021947025270).

Study Address
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Ave, Macquarie University
Sydney NSW 2109
Full Name
Piers Dawes
Macquarie University
Phone Number
0404 001 980