The Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

Researchers at the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University are exploring a link between age-related hearing loss and dementia in older adults.

Dementia is a group of symptoms involving memory loss, language loss, and the impairment of other cognitive abilities. Currently, around 6.2 million Americans over 65 are living with Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia; That number is estimated to increase to 14 million by 2060.

Hearing loss also affects millions of Americans. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 15% of Americans aged 18 and up report hearing problems. Furthermore, nearly 25% of adults between the ages 65 and 74 and 50% of adults 75 years and older have hearing loss.

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