Hearing loss and the Brain

 

"Compensatory brain reorganization secondary to hearing loss may also be a factor in explaining recent reports in the literature that show age-related hearing loss is significantly correlated with dementia," Sharma said.

Further, the results suggest that age-related hearing loss must be taken seriously, even in its earliest stages. "One in three adults over the age of 60 has age-related hearing loss," Sharma noted. "Given that even small degrees of hearing loss can cause secondary changes in the brain, hearing screenings for adults and intervention in the form of hearing aids should be considered much earlier to protect against reorganization of the brain."

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