Dementia is hard to predict, but hearing loss might signal a higher risk, a new study suggests.
The eight-year study adds to growing evidence of a link between hearing loss and mental decline.
But don’t panic if you no longer can hear the doorbell. The study only points to an association, not cause and effect.
“Our findings show that hearing loss is associated with new onset of subjective cognitive concerns which may be indicative of early stage changes in [mental function],” said lead author Dr. Sharon Curhan. She’s a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.