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Treating first loss of hearing may help stave off dementia – The Times

Age-related hearing loss affects about two thirds of those over 70ALAMY

Identifying and treating the early signs of hearing loss could prevent mental decline and dementia, a study suggests.

Researchers found that brains started to suffer after the first stages of hearing loss, leading to an impairment of memory and cognitive skills.

Past investigations have found a link between hearing loss and cognitive decline but the study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that this link was evident “even in people whose hearing was slightly impaired from age but was still considered normal”.

Researchers at the Columbia University Irving Medical Centre in New York said that age-related hearing loss affected about two thirds of those over 70. Only 14 per cent of American adults with hearing loss wore aids, however.

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