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Hearing loss and the brain

Hearing loss and the brain

Hearing Loss and the brain

Is there a connection between hearing loss and the brain? Studies have shown that hearing loss, even a mild one, can create a shift in how the brain functions. The brain is forced to work harder in order to make sense of what is being heard. Other studies have also found that those with hearing loss tend to experience cognitive decline at a higher rate than those with normal hearing.

Brain changes with hearing loss

A study did show that hearing aids seemed to even the playing field between those with hearing loss and those without. Those with hearing loss who used hearing aids seemed to have the same rate of cognitive decline as those with normal hearing. This suggested that the hearing aids may have buffered the effects of cognitive decline associated with hearing loss. However, once other areas of life such as depression and social support were looked at, the differences were less substantial.

Source: Audiology Today, Cognitive Decline and Hearing Loss

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