Researchers Discover Brain Reorganizes after Hearing Loss5
Researchers exploring the ways in which our brains respond to hearing loss have found that the brain reorganizes, which may be related to a link between age-related hearing loss and dementia. According to a presentation at the 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) being held May 18-22 in Pittsburgh, Pa, researchers from the University of Colorado suggest that the portion of the brain devoted to hearing can become reorganized—reassigned to other functions—even with early-stage hearing loss, and may play a role in cognitive decline.
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5. Acoustical Society of America (ASA); University of Colorado; https://www.hearingreview.com/inside-hearing/research/researchers-discover-brain-reorganizes-hearing-loss