Hearing Loss Linked to Brain Atrophy

Posted on September 7, 2011. Filed under: Hear the World, hearing education, hearing educatoin, hearing health | Tags: , , , , |

A recent study done by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has found a connection between hearing loss and brain atrophy. According to the study “declines in hearing ability may accelerate gray matter atrophy in auditory areas of the brain and increase the listening effort necessary for older adults to successfully comprehend speech.”

If you suffer from loss of hearing, you may prevent this from occurring by wearing a quality hearing aid. As Jonathan Peelle, PhD, research associate in the Department of Neurology states “As hearing ability declines with age, interventions such as hearing aids should be considered not only to improve hearing but to preserve the brain.” He goes on to explain, “People hear differently, and those with even moderate hearing loss may have to work harder to understand complex sentences.”

For more information about the different types of hearing aids available to help treat your hearing damage, contact your local Miami hearing center. An audiologist will do the necessary hearing tests to choose the right hearing aid for you.

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