Hearing Loss and Dementia

The Problem An increasing number of independent scientific studies are showing strong evidence that hearing loss is more than just a nuisance of aging. The message is disturbing: people who experience hearing loss as they age may also have a significantly higher risk of developing cognitive disorders, including dementia. Cognitive function is an intellectual process that allows us to become aware of, perceive, or comprehend ideas. It involves all aspects of perception, thinking, reasoning, and memory. The Evidence A 2011 study (Hearing Loss and Incident dementia) was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in …

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