Seniors who suffer hearing loss are at a higher risk of developing dementia, according to new research by Frank Lin, M.D., an
otolaryngologist and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
“Compared to individuals with normal hearing, people with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss, respectively, had a two-three- and five- fold increased risk of developing dementia,” he told Newsmax Health.
And aside from the greater dementia risk, he found that those with hearing problems lost their cognitive skills faster than others – about 35 percent faster. The worse the hearing loss, the faster the rate of cognitive decline, Dr. Lin found.