New observation links hearing loss to dementia in older adults

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Fitness found that older adults with more severe hearing loss

The findings, from a nationally representative pattern of more than 2,400 older adults, are consistent with previous studies showing that hearing

The findings are highlighted in a research letter published online Jan. 10 in the Yankee journal Scientific Affiliation.

"This study refines what we have observed about the hyperlink between hearing loss and dementia, and builds support for the public health movement to improve

researcher Principal Associate within the Bloomberg School Department of Epidemiology and at the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Fitness, also at Bloomberg School.

Hearing loss is a critical public health problem affecting one-thirds of US citizens age 70 and older. Increasing information that hearing loss is likely related to the risk of dementia

For the new review, Huang and her colleagues analyzed a data set from national consultants to the Nationwide Review of Aging and Fitness Developments (NHATS)

Funded by the National Institute on Aging, NHATS has been running since 2011 and uses a national sample of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and over

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