Researchers at the Ohio State University have determined that young people with subtle hearing loss have altered brain functions in ways generally only seen in older adults. This research is new and disturbing. The result is that dementia could come down the road for these young people.
Researcher Yune Lee and his group studied the brain activity of subjects 18 to 41 years of age. Participants listened to increasingly complex sentences. The objective was to know if our brains work measurably harder to comprehend more complex language data.
Everyone had a hearing test before the monitoring took place. However, they unexpectedly discovered that people with subtle hearing loss had activity in the brain’s right frontal cortex, a part not typically used to process language until much later in life. Such finding could be cause for worry. And it could be happening due to increased use of headphones.
The link between hearing loss and dementia
Hearing loss and dementia have been linked, according to studies. If all your energy goes into hearing, there may be little leftover for for cognitive use in other areas. For instance, memory and attention could suffer.
Regular hearing checks are important at any age as a measure of prevention. Early detection is the key to hearing and brain health.
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