Michigan Democrat John Conyers made the announcement Friday. It comes following a preliminary study done for the NFL which suggested retired pro football players may have a higher rate than normal of Alzheimer's disease or other memory problems. The study, which has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, was done by researchers at the University of Michigan.
The hearings will look at the lasting impact of head injuries, how to limit them, and how to compensate players and their families.
No dates have been set for the hearings.