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Advances in Hearing Loss with Tinnitus and Cognitive Performance

Submission deadline: 30 September 2023
Special Issue Editors
  • Qingwei Ruan
    Laboratory of Aging, Anti-aging & Cognitive Performance, Shanghai Institute of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Huadong Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
    Interests: gerontology & geriatrics; hearing medicine; behavioral science; neuroscience; neuropsychology
  • Bing Chen, PhD
    ENT Institute and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Eye & ENT Hospital, State Key Laboratory of Medical Neurobiology and MOE Frontiers Center for Brain Science, Fudan University, NHC Key Laboratory of Hearing Medicine (Fudan University), Shanghai, China
    Interests: neurotology; neurosurgery; neurobiology; brain science; hearing medicine
  • Francesco Panza, PhD
    Department of Translational Biomedicine and Neuroscience “DiBraiN”, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy; Unit of Research Methodology and Data Sciences for Population Health, National Institute of Gastroenterology "Saverio de Bellis" Research Hospital, Castellana Grotte, Bari, Italy
    Interests: Alzheimer’ disease; Gait; Multimorbidity; FTD; Frailty; Sarcopenia; Sensorial impairments; Late-life depression; MCI
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Age-related hearing loss (ARHL), which includes peripheral and central auditory dysfunction, is a modifiable condition linked to cognitive impairment and dementia. ARHL usually accompanies tinnitus, which is associated with cognitive impairment, and animal studies also indicate a link between ARHL and cognitive impairment. Hearing amplification using hearing aids or cochlear implants have been shown effective in the alleviation of tinnitus, as well as improvement in the performance of auditory and multiple cognitive domains.

Until recently, the underlying causal relationship between auditory and cognitive impairment in ARHL remained elusive. Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the mechanistic basis of this relationship, including: (1) Cognitive load hypothesis; (2) Sensory deprivation or cascade hypothesis; (3) Information degradation or overdiagnosis hypothesis; and (4) Common cause hypothesis. However, no one mechanism can fully account for the heterogenous phenotypes observed in ARHL with tinnitus and cognitive impairment. The accumulation of chronic stress during aging can result in allostatic loads and vulnerabilities in multi-physiological systems and this will, in turn, increase the risk of auditory and cognitive impairment due to maladaptive neuroplasticity. Brain reserve, as well as auditory and cognitive reserves, can alter the trajectory of auditory and cognitive performance despite significant neuropathologies. Brain reserve is dependent on genetic background, and auditory and cognitive reserve may be improved by experience-dependent neuroplasiticity. Such changes in neuroplasticity can stem from long-term environmental enrichment, including dual language learning, music training, and hearing amplification in patients with hearing loss.

The topic of this Special Issue “Advances in hearing loss with tinnitus and cognitive performance” is focused on the association between hearing loss and/or tinnitus and cognitive performance. We are keenly interested in contributions from multidisciplinary investigators in both basic and clinical science that outline cutting-edge studies with an emphasis on cellular and molecular mechanisms of age-related hearing loss with tinnitus and cognitive performance. Submission of original research reports, as well as communications and perspectives are welcome.

Qingwei Ruan, Bing Chen and Francesco Panza
Guest Editors

hearing loss
hearing aid
cochlear implant
cognitive impairment
auditory reserve
cognitive reserve
allostatic load
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