Hearing Loss Can Mean Brain Tissue Loss

A recent study from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging has found that for older adults with impaired hearing, brain tissue loss happens faster than it does for those with normal hearing.

New study shows brain loss tied to hearing loss
New study shows brain loss tied to hearing loss

The results and conclusions are effectively summarized in this article from Hub, the Johns Hopkins website.

Highlights from the article and study on hearing loss include:

  • As we age, our brains gradually get smaller. It can't be helped.
  • It can accelerate brain tissue loss
  • It has already been associated with structural changes in the brain
  • A correlation between it and brain atrophy was found

The article concludes with Frank Lin, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins schools of medicine and public health, saying that if you want to address hearing loss well, you want to do it sooner rather than later.  If it is potentially contributing to these differences we're seeing on MRI, you want to treat it before these brain structural changes take place."

You can read the full story here.

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