Hearing Better May Help Protect the Older Brain

According to a 2011 survey by the AARP, by the time individuals reach 65 one in three suffers some hearing loss. And researchers think that at least 80 percent of people 80 years old and over have a significant level of hearing loss, much of it untreated. Why is this important if most Americans accept old-age hearing loss as inevitable and there's not much we can do about it? A researcher at the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Science at the University of Colorado recently discovered that the area of the brain that is used for hearing may actually reorganize even in the earliest stages of age-related hearing loss. In almost all individuals the hearing areas of the brain shrink a

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