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Since When Does Estrogen Affect Hearing?

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The hormone estrogen has been linked to how the brain processes sounds. It plays a large role in how the brain collects and interprets auditory information.

Estrogen carries brain signals. Low levels may result in noises not being fully processed.

There is a connection with hearing and low levels of estrogen, especially in menopausal women. The hormone causes more sensitivity to sound-processing neurons. If these functions are not able to process, the brain becomes less likely to learn or create memories of these sounds.

This is the first discovery of a sex hormone affecting an auditory function, creating the possibility that it could have an influence on other sensory functions, as well.

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