Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Memory Disorders

The researchers from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging reports accelerated brain tissue loss in older adults with hearing loss.  The findings add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall.  

Studies showed individuals with hearing loss has marked differences in brain structure compared to those with no hearing loss or with corrected hearing.  Specifically brain structures that process sound information tended to be smaller in size in people with hearing loss.  This shows the urgency to treating hearing loss rather than ignoring it.  

Research and studies completed by: Susan Resnick, Ph.D., of the National Institute on Aging; Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D. and Michael A. Kraut, M.D., Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Public Health; Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D., and Yang An, M.S., of the National Institute on Aging.