Hearing Loss and Dementia Linked in Study

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Hearing Loss and Dementia Linked in Study

A study from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging suggests adults with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.
The scientists speculate that hearing loss could lead to dementia by making individuals more socially isolated, a known risk factor for dementia and other cognitive disorders.
These findings may offer a starting point for interventions – EVEN AS SIMPLE AS HEARING AIDS – that could help or delay prevent dementia by improving patients’ hearing.
“A lot of people ignore hearing loss because it is such a slow and insidious process as we age,” reported Lin (leader of the study).  “Even if people feel as if they are not affected, we’re showing that it may well be a more serious problem.”
 
Source:  http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_and_dementia_linked_in_study
 


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