SENSE Matters Study

What is SENSE Matters?

SENSE Matters stands for Sensory & Cognitive Measurement in Older Adults


SENSE Matters is a research study investigating across-study variation in methods used to collect and analyze cognitive data in older adults with hearing or vision impairment. Eligible, longitudinal cohort studies will be systematically identified from a literature review and their methods of collecting and analyzing cognitive data in older adults with sensory impairment will be assessed using survey responses from cohort studies and compared.


This study aims to determine the magnitude of sensory impairment bias on estimates of cognitive function and diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Any miscalculation could have far-reaching implications on health care and resource planning, clinical trial study enrollment, and intervention research in cognitively impaired older adults. Ultimately, this research seeks to pioneer the development of novel, standardized methods and best practices to collect cognitive data.


How is SENSE Matters Funded?

SENSE Matters is funded by grant R21AG060243 from the National Institute on Aging.

Studies must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Time Frame

  • Ongoing or recently completed (within the past 5 years), or
  • Recently published (within the past 10 years)

Study Design

  • Prospective, population-based design 

Participant Characteristics

  • Adult participants aged 60 years or older

Study Outcomes

  • Includes neuropsychological tests from multiple cognitive domains


Meet the Team

SENSE Matters Staff

SENSE Matters Investigators

SENSE Matters Collaborators

Contact Us



Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health

2024 E. Monument Street, Suite 2-700

Baltimore, Maryland



Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology

600 N Wolfe Street, Wilmer Room 116

Baltimore, Maryland 21287


Facts and Links

  • An estimated 22 million Americans aged 60+ have clinically meaningful hearing impairment and 14 million are visually impaired.3-5


  • 55% of older Americans have hearing or vision impairment, making sensory impairment an important and impactful chronic condition of old age.6