America must confront hearing loss: Column
Scientists link hearing loss to decreased cognition, depression and learning disorders, but CDC doesn’t give it attention it deserves.
The United States is approaching a tipping point in terms of hearing loss and how it is treated under current policy. In recent years, science has discovered an increasingly pronounced association between a decline in cognition and hearing loss, yet this is not regarded with the same urgency as many other conditions.
The most recent evidence comes from a new French study that tracked 3,670 patients over the age of 65 for 25 years, comparing decreases in cognition among people with normal hearing and those with self-reported hearing loss; some used hearing aids while others did not.