News and programs News Dementia action week Dementia currently affects more than 400,000 Australian’s and this number is expected to double over the next 25 years. Dementia typically affects a person’s thinking, behavior and ability to complete day to day tasks. Did you know that research suggests people with even mild symptoms of hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia and those with significant hearing loss may be up to five times more likely? At the Bionics Institute, we are developing a novel technology to treat hearing loss which we believe will be a game changer in the use of drug therapies to treat inner ear damage. Read more about our research here.