In an effort to examine the link between a form of age-related hearing loss (involving the inner ear and hearing nerves) and the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), researchers examined 1,604 people with an average age of 75 years. (MCI is a type of cognitive decline that is noticeable, but not sufficiently significant to interfere with daily activities.)  The study’s participants underwent a series of hearing tests and had both their memory and reasoning tested. The researchers found that those with hearing loss were twice as likely to develop MCI compared with people whose hearing was intact. While the study doesn’t prove that hearing loss leads to memory loss, it does demonstrate a link between the two.

 

P.S. A third of seniors worldwide have a disabling form of hearing loss.