Hearing loss may be sign of increased dementia risk

Bryan Aldrige

February 15, 2011

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 10 million baby boomers will suffer from Alzheimer's disease in the future. A new study has found that one of the early indicators of this condition may be hearing loss, according to AARP.org.

Researchers at John Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging discovered that men and women who developed problems with hearing were five times as likely to develop dementia in the future.

Those who are worried about their memory may want to invest in a medical alarm system for their home. This device can notify one when it's time to take doses, which can make it much easier to manage medication and reduces the chance of double dosing.

During the experiment, the 639 participants, ages 36 to 90, were tested every two years for nearly two decades. None had signs of the disease when the study began, but those who had hearing loss were much more likely to eventually experience a form of dementia in later years.

However, the trouble with the ears had to be severe enough to make it difficult for the person to hear other people, the news source reports.

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