Hearing loss associated with cognitive decline in study of seniors

01/21/2013 | Nurse.com

Baseline hearing loss among older adults was linked to 32% to 41% greater cognitive decline annually based on test scores that measured executive and global function, respectively, compared with peers with normal hearing, according to a study to be published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. "Further research is needed to investigate what the mechanistic basis of this observed association is and whether such pathways would be amendable to hearing rehabilitative interventions," researchers wrote.

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