Hear­ing and de­men­tia

The Guardian Weekly - - Discovery -

Peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence hear­ing loss could be at greater risk of mem­ory and think­ing prob­lems later in life than those with­out au­di­tory is­sues, re­search sug­gests. The study fo­cused on peo­ple who were at risk of Alzheimer’s dis­ease, re­veal­ing that those who were di­ag­nosed with hear­ing loss had a higher risk of “mild cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment” four years later. “It’s re­ally not mild,” said Clive Bal­lard, pro­fes­sor of age-re­lated dis­ease at the Univer­sity of Ex­eter. “They are in the low­est 5% of cog­ni­tive per­for­mance and about 50% of those in­di­vid­u­als will go on to de­velop de­men­tia.”

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