Studies at Johns Hopkins University have found links between hearing loss, cognitive decline and dementia, the Chicago Tribune reports.
"Hearing loss shouldn't be considered an inconsequential part of aging," Dr. Frank Lin, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins, told the Tribune. An otologist and epidemiologist, Lin studies the effects of hearing loss on older adults.
Over six years, Lin and his colleagues found that cognitive abilities (including memory and concentration) of those with hearing loss declined 30 to 40 percent faster than in people with normal hearing.
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