Preliminary results from a UNT study suggest "exercising" your ears with hearing aids may improve your brain and listening behaviors

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Faculty in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology reported preliminary findings of their ongoing grant, funded by the Hearing Industry Research Consortium, at the recent American Auditory Society conference. Their preliminary data suggest that exercising your ears by using hearing aids may improve brain responses to sound, cognition, perceived listening abilities, and behavioral listening performance in older adults. Prior to receiving hearing aids, most participants reported listening difficulties in noisy situations. After only two months of hearing aid use, participants reported significantly improved communication abilities in everyday listening environments including noisy situations. Brain (cortical EEG) and behavioral testing also revealed that hearing aid use significantly improved their ability to tune out some noise and irrelevant sounds. On tests of cognitive function, participants also showed improved performance on tests of cognitive flexibility, inhibitory control, and attention.

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The study will continue through summer 2024 and will include 40 participants between the ages of 40 to 85 who purchase hearing aids from the UNT Speech and Hearing Center located at 907 W. Sycamore St. in Denton. For more information, please see the study website or contact the principal investigator, Erin Schafer at or 940-369-7433, for more information about the study.