Hearing loss linked with early stage memory problems

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By Philip Tubby | Tuesday 27 February 2018

Abstract from AAN Annual Meeting: Relationship Between Central and Peripheral Presbycusis and Mild Cognitive Impairment in a Population-based Study of Southern Italy: The “Great Age Study”

Scientists have linked a certain type of hearing loss to early memory and thinking problems known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Researchers will present their findings at American Academy of Neurology 70thAnnual Meeting.

Dr David Reynolds, Chief Scientific Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK said:

“Investigating a link between hearing loss and a decline in memory and thinking is an active and growing area of research. Recent studies have implicated hearing loss as a potentially important dementia risk factor, and one that we may be able to counter with existing strategies.

“This population-based study appears to show a contrast between two types of hearing loss and the development of mild memory problems, but we will have to wait to see the full findings from this and other studies before making any firm conclusions.

“Research to pin down the exact mechanisms underlying the link between hearing loss and development of memory problems is an area that warrants much further investigation. Over two-thirds of over 65s in the UK currently experience a form of hearing loss and anyone with any concerns about any aspect of their health should discuss it with their GP.”


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