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PAID ADVERTISEMENT Health TO YOUR How the Aging Brain Affects Speech Understanding in Noisy Places auditory processing that Corvallis Hearing Center is sent to the aging brain In recent years the focus that may jumble the order on hearing health care has of the imperfectly heard message (due to auditory shifted from the ears to sequencing problems) the brain. One need only making it difficult to create Google hearing loss and the requisite internal cognition to find dozens auditory loop that we use of articles in medical to comprehend auditory and hearing health care and visual information. journals in the past few This internal auditory years. loop is further damaged Of particular interest is a by reduced short term recent article published in memory. As such, certain Ear and Hearing February portions the message are 2019 issue by renowned damaged by the hearing Swedish and U.S. loss, additional portions researchers Danielsson, lost due to slow processing Humes and Ronnberg who of rapid speech, additional parts jumbled in order and looked at the changes in the aging brain that affect missing portions cannot be accurately reconstructed to speech understanding. due to limitations in short Reviewing 213 patients term memory. ages 18 to 86, these From the above researchers showed degradation in hearing and discussion the important question is “What can be deceleration in the speed done?” of cognitive processing By Dr. Ron Leavitt, Audiologist and music performance and cognitive exercise (which also requires properly corrected hearing). Further, there is hope on the horizon as a new noninvasive cognitive treatment for shortterm memory has been independently described by two different groups of researchers at Boston University and Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School. Specifically, both groups report that when they used electrical/magnetic currents targeted at specific areas of the brain, older people were able to carry out working memory tasks with an accuracy comparable with people in their 20s. Dr. Ron Leavitt cognitive exercises and stay tuned for more information on the brain stimulation/short term memory treatments as described by the two independent groups of researchers. Those interested in more information on this topic should attend the July 11th, 2019 meeting of the Oregon Association for Hearing held at Corvallis Good Samaritan Hospital were a near certainty as we First, it is essential to from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in age. Other highly likely address impaired hearing To summarize the Conference Room A. cognitive changes included with appropriately appropriate treatment The public is invited, poor auditory sequencing programmed hearing aids intervention, first evaluate/ there is no charge, no and impaired short-term so that significant portions correct hearing loss with personal information is memory. of the speech signal are properly programmed solicited, there are no not lost. hearing aids, keep the In short, impaired sales and complimentary hearing creates an It is equally important to brain active through refreshments are served. imperfect message keep the aging brain active socialization, music For further information call 541-754-1377. hampered by slow with social contacts, travel performance and Join today, to start enjoying now! 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