"Evidence of Neurocognitive Benefit From Hearing Aid Use"

A powerful article in Frontiers in Neuroscience reported that hearing aid use reversed the negative effects on brain function caused by untreated hearing loss. Brain function was measured by recording cortical evoked potentials.

The subjects also experienced significant improvements in speech perception in noise and cognitive performance. The researchers concluded:

These results provide preliminary evidence that . . . restored audibility with hearing aids may reverse compensatory changes in cortical resource allocation (caused by untreated hearing loss). This is powerful information to share with physicians in your area. We review this article in an upcoming issue of Audiology HealthCare News, our physician newsletter. Very few physicians will be aware of these recent findings if we don't provide the information to them! 

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