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#HearingFactFriday: Hearing loss is a risk factor for dementia

Numerous studies over the years have looked into the link between age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline and dementia. We’ve shared many of the findings in past blogs, including:

  • Adults with hearing loss experience a 30-40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities.
  • Adults with hearing loss are up to five times more likely to develop dementia.
  • Hearing loss is linked to accelerated brain shrinkage loss.

Recently, a scientific review of dozens of these studies confirmed the link.

The review goes on to discuss new thinking that a preventative strategy for dementia — by reducing proven risk factors — may be more beneficial than post-diagnosis therapy. 

Hearing loss not only is one of the proven risk factors, it’s one that can easily be reduced through treatment. Learn more here.

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Sources:

  • hopkinsmedicine.org
  • https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/article-abstract/2665726?redirect=true

 

 
 

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