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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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Survey: UK and Northern Ireland citizens move fastest on hearing loss; Eire and Oz slowest
Survey: UK and Northern Ireland citizens move fastest on hearing loss; Eire and Oz slowest

Survey

Once more the WHO and other entities raised awareness on hearing issues during World Hearing Day © WHO

A ten-country survey carried out on World Hearing Day this March 3 has revealed big national differences between the fastest and slowest to seek advice and treatment for the onset of hearing loss.

From invisible implants to bike helmets for CI users - MED-EL's Ideas4ears kids innovate young
From invisible implants to bike helmets for CI users - MED-EL's Ideas4ears kids innovate young

innovation

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Inventors as young as seven and eight-years-old have impressed the Austrian hearing tech firm MED-EL enough to win these talents a trip to Innsbruck to discuss innovations ranging from surf-friendly implants to a bike helmet for a CI-wearing dad.

iHear launches pay-as-you-go aids on subscription with online tweaking and support
iHear launches pay-as-you-go aids on subscription with online tweaking and support

Trends

iHEARmax, one of the products by iHear. Photo: iHear.

Hearing aids for low, flexible, personalised monthly plans, and programming through mobile apps is the latest formula from the venture-funded San Francisco-based provider, iHear Medical.

BSHAA Congress 2019 – It’s More Than Hearing
BSHAA Congress 2019 – It’s More Than Hearing

Congress

The Congress of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists 2019 will take place Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK.

Singing and playing music can aid speech perception in children with CIs, Finnish study suggests
Singing and playing music can aid speech perception in children with CIs, Finnish study suggests

Music

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A Finnish research team has announced positive results from a recent investigation into the role of singing and instrument playing in speech perception in noise of children with cochlear implants.

Get involved in Audiologist of the Year 2019!
Get involved in Audiologist of the Year 2019!

Contest

For a chance to become Europe’s Audiologist of the Year, request your entry pack for the prestigious competition now by visiting:

New UK Hearing Conservation Association launched
New UK Hearing Conservation Association launched

Association

To coincide with World Hearing Day on the 3rd March 2019 a new group was launched in the United Kingdom.

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