Cochlear Implants Improve Brain Function in Older Adults

According to a March 12, 2015 article in the online edition of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, researchers in France have found that cochlear implantation is associated with improved brain function and speech perception in adults 65 years or older with profound hearing loss. The study shows that hearing impairment has been associated with cognitive decline and, in cases of severe to profound hearing loss where there is no benefit from hearing aids or other amplification, cochlear implantation has proved beneficial for many older patients.

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