Hearing loss and the risk of dementia in later life.

  title={Hearing loss and the risk of dementia in later life.},
  author={Andrew H. Ford and Graeme J. Hankey and Bu B. Yeap and Jonathan Golledge and Leon Flicker and Osvaldo P. Almeida},
Hearing Loss and Dementia: A Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies
Hearing loss may increase the risk of dementia in the adult population and whether effective treatment for hearing loss could reduce the incidence of dementia should be explored in the future.
Hearing loss, cognition, and risk of neurocognitive disorder: evidence from a longitudinal cohort study of older adult Australians
  • P. StruttA. Barnier H. Brodaty
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Neuropsychology, development, and cognition. Section B, Aging, neuropsychology and cognition
  • 2020
This study provides support for a randomized control trial of hearing devices for improvement of cognitive function in older adults with cognitive impairment, and suggests individuals with hearing loss who demonstrate impairment in non-amnestic domains may experience benefits from the provision of Hearing devices.
Association of sudden sensorineural hearing loss with dementia: a nationwide cohort study
Patients with SSHL, especially women aged < 65 years, were associated with higher risk of dementia than those without SSHL and clinicians managing patients with SShl should be aware of the increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Recommending Hearing Assessment for Individuals With Dementia: A Survey of Medical Professionals
Hearing assessment is not currently a priority for the surveyed medical professionals who work with dementia populations, and only one reported considering hearing assessment in the top three priorities of recommendations.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Hearing Loss among Older Adults: A Literature Review
It seems to be very important to evaluate hearing status (peripheral and central) in older adults to diagnose hearing impairment early and initiate the use of hearing aids.
Neuropathological Findings of Dementia Associated With Subjective Hearing Loss.
Subjective hearing loss was not found to be associated with significantly different dementia neuropathology, which counters hypotheses on hearing loss causing permanent neurodegeneration and cognitive decline, suggesting a potential neuroprotective effect of hearing aids.
Association of Hearing Loss With Dementia
Hearing loss is associated with a higher risk of dementia, and findings suggest that hearing protection, screening, and treatment may be used as strategies to mitigate this potential risk factor.
Hearing impairment and diverse health outcomes
Globally, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 billion people live with some form of hearing impairment. Major causes of hearing loss include infection/disease, age-related factors, and


Hearing Loss and Risk of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: Findings from the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Study
Hearing loss is independently associated with prevalent dementia and incident mild cognitive impairment, dementia and MCI or dementia (all cases).
Age-related hearing loss and dementia: a 10-year national population-based study
Clinicians should be more sensitive to dementia symptoms within the first 2 years following ARHL diagnosis, and patients with hearing loss were at a higher risk of subsequent dementia.
Hearing Impairment Affects Dementia Incidence. An Analysis Based on Longitudinal Health Claims Data in Germany
This study underlines the importance of the association between hearing impairment and dementia, and whether ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist care, care level, institutionalization, or depression mediates or moderates this pathway.
Hearing Impairment and Incident Dementia and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults: The Health ABC Study
  • J. DealJ. Betz F. Lin
  • Medicine
    The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences
  • 2017
Background Age-related peripheral hearing impairment (HI) is prevalent, treatable, and may be a risk factor for dementia in older adults. In prospective analysis, we quantified the association of HI
Depression as a modifiable factor to decrease the risk of dementia
Dementia associated with depression decreases with antidepressant use and is independent of the time between exposure to depression and the onset of dementia, which is more likely to be a marker of incipient dementia than a truly modifiable risk factor.
Age-related hearing impairment and frailty in Alzheimer's disease: interconnected associations and mechanisms
The prevention of cognitive-related adverse outcomes including delirium and late-life cognitive disorders (Robertson et al., 2013; Panza et al, 2015a) may be possible also through frailty prevention.
Central auditory dysfunction as a harbinger of Alzheimer dementia.
Evaluation with CAD tests in older adults who report hearing difficulty should be recommended and those with severe CAD should receive a modified rehabilitation program and be considered for referral for neurologic evaluation.
Auditory threshold, phonologic demand, and incident dementia
Mean age-adjusted auditory threshold across both time points was associated with incident dementia and cognitive decline and the mechanisms underlying this association are unclear and may include a prodromal effect of dementia on auditory threshold, an effect of auditory threshold on cognitive assessment, or a shared etiologic pathway.
Central auditory dysfunction, cognitive dysfunction, and dementia in older people.
Central auditory dysfunction precedes senile dementia in a significant number of cases and may be an early marker for senile Alzheimer's disease.