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America must confront hearing loss: Column

January 8, 2016 in Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

USA TODAY
Dave Fabry
December 14, 2015

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.

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