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Hearing loss may speed up mental decline
Hearing loss may speed up mental decline

(January 21, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Baltimore – Hearing loss may speed up mental decline in older adults, according to a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers studied nearly 2,000 men and women, ages 75-84, for 6 years. All the participants had normal brain function at the outset of the study. Results showed that individuals with hearing loss at the beginning of the study saw their cognitive abilities decline up to 40% faster than individuals with normal hearing. Those with hearing loss developed significant cognitive impairment an average of 3.2 years sooner than those with normal hearing.

We spoke with Dr. Frank Lin, MD, PhD, principal investigator of this study, who offered some further insight.

 
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