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Hearing technologies could play an important role in delaying dementia

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New research into understanding how the brain adapts and improves its hearing abilities through the use of hearing technologies could play an important role in the future management of dementia. The use of devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants to delay and/or reverse cognitive decline in conditions such as dementia was one of the topics discussed at the XXXII World Congress of Audiology in Brisbane this week.

Professor Stephen Crain (picture), from the Macquarie University describes central auditory plasticity as the adaptability of the brain’s cerebral cortex to process sound more effectively in response to new stimuli:“We now know the brain has a remarkable ability to regrow and adapt itself to process new kinds of information and relearn tasks, especially in early childhood, but across the lifespan.” The peak of brain’s central auditory plasticity occurs in children between the ages of two and four. It’s before this critical time that infants with hearing loss benefit most from being fitted with a hearing device so that the regions of the brain that processes sound information and language can develop most optimally.

“Although the brain has its greatest plasticity in very young children, it continues to have remarkable adaptive abilities at all ages." Preliminary research supports the notion that adults with hearing aids develop new neural pathways in the brain to more fully utilise the information created by these devices. To some extent this conclusion is supported by anecdotal evidence that many adults who are initially unhappy with their hearing devices suddenly report dramatic improvement a month or so later.“We don’t know yet exactly what is happening in the brains of these adults, but their observations suggest that perceptual processing changes are taking place in the brain as it adjusts to the information provided by hearing devices,” Professor Crain explained.

“It’s early days but as the degree of hearing loss is highly correlated with the risk of dementia it seems highly likely that intervention with a hearing device to restore hearing in adulthood could assist in delaying the onset of dementia.”

Source: International Society of Audiology

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New app to rate noise levels in restaurants
New app to rate noise levels in restaurants

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A new app, called SoundPrint, has been developed to help people record sound levels at restaurants and to enable users to find a quiet restaurant by comparing sound levels.

A new approach to hearing assessment for personnel in public safety
A new approach to hearing assessment for personnel in public safety

Noise

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A new method for assessing auditory fitness in people working in public safety areas, such as police and correctional services, was recently published in the journal Ear and Hearing, reports News-Medical.

Group for aspiring audiologists with hearing loss
Group for aspiring audiologists with hearing loss

Advocacy

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An audiology student at the University of Texas – Dallas (UT Dallas) has started a group to support students with hearing loss who are in audiology programs or who plan to study audiology.

Sivantos and Widex to merge?
Sivantos and Widex to merge?

Industry

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On May 16, Sivantos and Widex announced their intention to merge to form a joint entity.

GN Store Nord reports strong interim results for Q1 2018
GN Store Nord reports strong interim results for Q1 2018

Industry

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Denmark-based group GN Store Nord has reported double-digit organic growth, driving a strong increase in the company’s earnings margin.

InnerScope Hearing Technologies announces new strategic partnership
InnerScope Hearing Technologies announces new strategic partnership

Alliance

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InnerScope Hearing Technologies, Inc. recently announced a strategic partnership with Advantego Corporation for exclusive worldwide distribution rights for the audiological market, reports Cision PR Newswire.

Amplifon announces growth of + 9,7 % for Q1 2018
Amplifon announces growth of + 9,7 % for Q1 2018

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Amplifon started the year with a revenue increase of 9.7%, according to a statement released by the group in April 2018.

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