We know that across our lifespan our hearing deteriorates, so that by the age of 65, 1 in 3 people will have a hearing loss. As we age certain mental abilities such as memory, problem solving capabilities and attention decline, and sometimes this can go onto develop a more substantial cognitive impairment or dementia. Past research has shown that people with a hearing loss have a 30 to 40% increased rate of cognitive decline compared with people without a hearing loss. We are interested in further understanding how hearing loss therefore impacts on brain functioning.
To do this we need to understand the ageing processes involved in hearing loss and memory loss during healthy ageing, as well as people with hearing and memory problems.
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