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Researchers Examine Link Between Cognitive Decline, Hearing Loss

In the hippocampus, synaptic plasticity was chronically impaired by progressive hearing loss. The distribution and density of neurotransmitter receptors in sensory and memory regions of the brain also changed constantly. The stronger the hearing impairment, the poorer were both synaptic plasticity and memory ability.

Lifestyle Changes May Prevent Up to One-Third of Dementia Cases, Says 'Lancet' Commission

These potentially modifiable risk factors—including hearing loss—have been identified at multiple phases across the lifespan, not just in old age. The ‘Lancet’ Commission’s report was simultaneously published in ‘The Lancet’ and presented at AAIC 2017.

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New Study Shows Hearing Aids Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

A study published in the October edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society compared the trajectory of cognitive decline among older adults who were using hearing aids and those who were not. The study found no difference in the rate of cognitive decline between a control group of people with no reported hearing loss and people with hearing loss who used hearing aids. By contrast, untreated hearing loss was significantly associated with lower baseline scores on a well-established test of cognitive function during the 25-year follow-up period.

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