Center for Hearing Health: Active Aging Week

CHH Director of Audiology, Dr. Susan Antonellis

Center for Hearing Health participated in Active Aging Week— a week-long campaign that calls attention to and wholeheartedly celebrates the positivity of aging today. It showcases the capabilities of older adults as fully participating members of society and spotlights the role models that lead the way.

With fun-filled activities and lectures, including free hearing screenings, hearing aid cleanings and a lecture on “Brain and Hearing,” CHH informed the community on hearing health.

During the “Brain and Hearing” lecture, Director of Audiology Dr. Susan Antonellis explained how hearing affects the brain, hearing loss and its relationship to age, and how actively using hearing aids reduces the risk of cognitive decline.

“When we think about hearing we always think about ears, but the truth of the matter is that hearing is done with the brain,” says Antonellis. “How does the hearing affect the brain? The speech understanding; that’s when the brain becomes very involved. It’s not how loud the speech is, it’s that they can’t understand what is being said. And that’s a cognitive process.”

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