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Hearing aids may slow mental decline in hard-of-hearing elderly

from Reuters

Seniors with hearing loss who use hearing aids may experience cognitive decline at a rate more like their peers without hearing trouble, according to a French study that followed thousands of seniors for 25 years. Past research has shown a link between hearing loss and steeper cognitive decline in old age, but few have tracked that relationship over a quarter century. "With a large sample size and 25 years of follow-up of participants, this study clearly confirms that hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline in older adults," said the study's lead author, Helene Amieva. "Using hearing aids attenuates cognitive decline in elders presenting with hearing loss." more

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