Hearing loss and mental decline are two common conditions of aging, and now a new study finds that they may be related.
Older people with hearing deficits were more likely than those with normal hearing to develop problems with memory and thinking over the course of the study.
On average, the study participants with hearing issues had significant mental impairments three years earlier than those without them.
Untreated Hearing Loss Common
About two-thirds of adults over the age of 70 have some degree of hearing loss.
And the number of people with dementia is projected to double over the next two decades as the population ages.
The researchers now hope to study whether hearing aids can slow mental decline in the elderly.
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