Hearing aids cut rate of cognitive decline ‘only in high-risk elderly’: study

Addressing hearing loss could reduce the future burden of dementia, say US researchers.
Rachel Fieldhouse
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Over-70s at high risk of cognitive impairment and dementia stand to benefit the most from hearing aid intervention, US researchers report in a landmark trial.

They found that use of hearing aids for over three years was associated with a 48% reduction in the rate of cognitive decline in high-risk adults but not among otherwise-healthy patients with a low dementia risk.