ARE HEARING LOSS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF DEMENTIA RELATED? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Hearing loss is common as people age, and so is the development of dementia. Now a Johns Hopkins study links the two. Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert, explains.
BELLANTONI: This is a large scale study, itís 639 adults and they excluded at baseline those with dementia from their initial screening. Over time they found a very powerful association between hearing loss and cognitive decline, that says to us thereís an association, but doesnít say to us is there a cause and effect. Now we need particularly we need to understand that, but we all recognize hearing loss is something we can manage with aging. :29
Bellantoni says the notion that someone with hearing loss may experience accelerated cognitive decline makes sense, since such people typically become more socially isolated as their hearing loss progresses. Sheíd like to see effective strategies to manage hearing loss and assess whether dementia still develops. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.