In a new study conducted by Hopkins Medicine and the National Institute on Aging they found a link between seniors’ hearing loss and the development of dementia. Lead researcher Dr. Frank Lin stated, “Researchers have looked at what affects hearing loss, but few have looked at how hearing loss affects cognitive brain function,”
The study focused on 639 people whose cognitive abilities were tested between 1990 and 1994 and again every one to two years until 2008. Those with the most hearing loss had the highest likelihood of developing dementia.
The finding could help determine or push interventions, that could be as easy as obtaining hearing aids.