Lower levels of cognitive function were observed in people whose hearing was slightly impaired by aging but was still considered to be normal. The findings suggest cognitive impairment starts as soon as hearing becomes imperfect.
Researchers report age related hearing loss can increase the risk of older adults experiencing symptoms of depression. The study reports those with mild hearing loss were twice as likely to be depressed, and those with severe hearing loss were up to four times more likely to suffer depression than those with normal hearing.
A new study reports new nerve cell connections on sensory cells could contribute to age related hearing loss.