Forgetful? It Might Not Be Dementia

Dementia and hearing loss

Memory loss and confusion are among the most frightening aspects of getting old. Is it a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?

A new study from the University of Toronto suggests that at least some forgetfulness may be due to hearing loss. 

The research, published in the Canadian Journal on Aging, analysed cognitive tests given to a group of elderly people who were complaining about forgetfulness and other mental processing issues that suggested dementia.

Researchers found that while most of the patients’ brains were functioning fine, it was their hearing that was suspect. Yet only 20 per cent were wearing a hearing aid.

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