Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Brain and Hearing Loss

If you are getting older but hearing aids don’t help you, it may be more than just your ears that are giving you trouble. Changes in the brain may be partially to blame for hearing loss among seniors. Details of the new research will be presented today at the 2009 Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. The study links a part of the brain that relates word recognition with gradual hearing loss. The idea that the grey matter plays a role in hearing loss as we age is not new concept but this research helps push the ball forward.