Hearing Aids and Working Memory

Dr. Samira Anderson is a Ph.D in Auditory Neuroscience.  Recently, she conducted a study with a control group of 32 people with hearing loss.  Both groups were fit with hearing aids, but the experimental group of 18 people, wore their hearing aids a minimum of 8 hours a day for six months. The control (N=14) only used the hearing aids during the testing. 

What she found was that the group who wore hearing aids for six months had an improvement in their working memory scores. These findings suggest that improved neural processing and ease of listening through the use of hearing aids may free up brain resources that can be allocated for memory.

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