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Age-related hearing loss: ear and brain mechanisms.

Otolaryngology Department, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, New York 14642-8629, USA.
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (Impact Factor: 4.31). 08/2009; 1170:708-17. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.03931.x
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ABSTRACT Loss of sensory function in the aged has serious consequences for economic productivity, quality of life, and healthcare costs in the billions each year. Understanding the neural and molecular bases will pave the way for biomedical interventions to prevent, slow, or reverse these conditions. This chapter summarizes new information regarding age changes in the auditory system involving both the ear (peripheral) and brain (central). A goal is to provide findings that have implications for understanding some common biological underpinnings that affect sensory systems, providing a basis for eventual interventions to improve overall sensory functioning, including the chemical senses.

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