Research Shows Noise Impacts Hearing More Rapidly Than Aging

Posted on 7-25-2019

The two most common types of hearing loss are caused by aging and exposure to excessive noise. In both cases, the hairs or nerve cells in the cochlea that are responsible for sending sound signals to the brain are progressively affected.

When the hairs or nerve cells become damaged or missing, the electrical brain signals are not transmitted effectively and sounds are not processed as well. At this point, it may be difficult to recognize words in the presence of background noise and higher pitched tones often become muffled.

Despite similarities in the effects of age- and noise-related hearing loss, however, a new study from the Society for Neuroscience has found that these two conditions impact sound processing in the brain on different timescales.

The research suggests that each type of hearing loss should have its own unique treatment…

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