In a study conducted by Dr. Frank Lin, with information from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (a study that compares brain changes over time between adults with normal hearing and adults with impaired hearing), older adults that suffer from hearing loss are at a higher risk of having accelerated brain tissue loss. In one of the sub-studies, the results showed participants with hearing loss had accelerated rates of brain atrophy compared to those with normal hearing.
The study encourages readers to seek treatment for their hearing loss and to not ignore it. “If you want to address hearing loss well, you want to do it sooner rather than later,” noted Dr. Lin. “If hearing loss is potentially contributing to these differences we’re seeing on MRI, you want to treat it before these brain structural changes take place.”
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“Adults with mild age-related hearing loss (right) show brain reorganization in which hearing portions of their brain are recruited for processing visual patterns. This is not seen in age-matched adults with normal hearing (left).”
Credit: Science Daily, Anu Sharma
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