Since it was founded in 2008, the Linnaeus Centre HEAD has built up a world-leading research environment in the new field of cognitive hearing science. The aim is to produce new knowledge that can make life easier for people with hearing impairment. The current challenge is to reveal the mechanisms behind age-related hearing loss and its link to dementia.
Communication is important for everyone. But as we get older, our hearing deteriorates making it hard to maintain speech communication. This may effect quality of life and increases the risk of social isolation, depression and dementia.
However, new knowledge of the mechanisms behind age-related hearing loss and its link to dementia can help improve diagnostic methods, as well as allow development of more efficient hearing aids and new methods of drug treatment.