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Cognito Therapeutics Receives FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for Light and Sound Therapy in Alzheimer’s Disease

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSSETTS — Cognito Therapeutics, a clinical-stage company leading the development of a new class of disease-modifying digital therapeutics to treat neurodegenerative disorders, announced this week that its lead product has received Breakthrough Device Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of cognitive and functional symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease.…

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Come for the Research, Stay for the Commentary: New Study Shows Links Between Hearing Loss, Heart Disease and Cognition

by Brian Taylor, AuD, Editor-at-Large Considerable research, much of it published over the past ten years, indicates that middle aged and older adults with hearing loss have increased odds of developing cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and overall poorer quality of life. Case in point, this 2018 open access article in Hearing Research provides a valuable…

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Can Treating Hearing Loss Sooner Stave off or Slow Down Dementia? New Clinical Trial Aims to Find Out

Ear Science Institute Australia are leading a world-first, Western Australian study investigating whether treating hearing loss sooner can stave off or slow down dementia, loneliness, anxiety and depression. A 24-month randomized clinical trial will begin soon and will see a multi-disciplinary team of Western Australian researchers and healthcare workers joining forces to find out if…

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New Study Suggests Age-Related Hearing Loss Contributes to Memory Loss

A team of neuroscience researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) in Germany examined what happens in the brain when hearing gradually deteriorates over time. What they discovered was that key areas of the brain are reorganized, and this has a negative effect on memory. The results of the study were published last month in journal Cerebral…

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Hearing Loss in Middle Age Doubles Risk of Dementia: Study

Hearing loss in middle age was found to be associated with higher odds of cognitive decline and dementia later in life, according to a large study conducted in Taiwan published in JAMA Network Open on July 31st. Using data from more than 16,000 men and women, researchers found that a new diagnosis of hearing loss…

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Longitudinal Study Shows Relationship Between Cognition, Untreated Hearing Loss and Social Isolation

Readers may recall a July 2017 Lancet study which estimated 35% of the risk factors associated with dementia was modifiable, and that the most prominent modifiable risk factor was hearing loss, which contributed 9% toward the acceleration or possible onset of dementia. A study, published in JAMA Otolaryngology last week, builds on this eye-opening data.…

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Study Shows Evidence of Cortical Plasticity in Adults with Mild-Moderate Hearing Loss

Cross-modal reorganization of the cortex, a phenomenon in which the brain reorganizes itself, has been shown in profoundly deaf individuals. A recent study, conducted by Garrett Cardon and Anu Sharma of the University of Colorado, investigated cross-modal reorganization between the auditory and somatosensory modalities in older adults with normal hearing and mild-moderate age-related hearing loss…

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Meta-Analysis Indicates Hearing Loss is Modifiable Risk Factor for Cognitive Decline

Given the prevalence of hearing loss and cognitive decline in our aging population, establishing a link between these two conditions has been an area of staunch interest among researchers and clinicians for several years. In general, issues related to hearing loss has been garnering attention in the medical literate, as a December 2 editorial in…

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New Columbia University Study Adds Further Evidence that Hearing Aids May Improve Cognitive Function

NEW YORK — According to a newly published study in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, researchers at Columbia University found that older adults who use hearing aids performed significantly better on cognitive tests than those who did not–despite having poorer hearing than those who did not wear hearing aids. The study adds further evidence to a…

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The Latest on Cognitive Decline, Listening Effort and Hearing Aids

The prevalence of dementia is expected to soar as the average life expectancy increases, but recent estimates suggest that the age-specific incidence of dementia is declining in high-income countries. In the February 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Claudia Satizabal and colleagues report “robust evidence” of dementia’s decline. Using observational data collected from…

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