Jan 22, 2013 1:04 PM by NBC News

Hearing loss linked to memory problems in older adults

A new study from Johns Hopkins University finds older adults with hearing loss have an increased risk for memory problems.

The study of nearly 2,000 men and women over age 75 found those with hearing loss experienced a 30-40% faster decline in cognitive skills, when compared to those with normal hearing.

The researchers say not being able to hear may force the brain to devote too much time to restoring hearing, rather than spending energy on memory and thinking.



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