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2019 Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders (GBHI)

Age-related hearing loss and neural correlates of visual short-term memory

David Loughrey, PhD
Global Brain Health Institute and Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

Past studies have indicated that visual short-term memory (e.g., associating shapes of objects with colors) has been impaired in Alzheimer’s. Dr. Loughrey’s goal is to evaluate if there is an association between hearing loss in older adults and short-term visual memory loss. The study results may provide new information on whether disruption of visual short-term memory is associated with altered patterns of connectivity in different brain regions, as observed in age-related hearing loss. If successful, Dr. Loughrey’s study may help to identify a possible new biological marker to detect early stages of cognitive decline due to age-related hearing loss.

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