NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – New research results show the relationship between hearing loss and Alzheimer's disease and found a link between these two issues. Researchers found that patients with mild hearing impairment had a 30% higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and a 42% higher risk of hearing loss.
The risk of developing Alzheimer's disease is 54 percent in acute hearing loss but drops to 37 percent with hearing aids. According to a study conducted jointly by Harvard University and Brigham Hospital, the risk of Alzheimer's disease is increased to 54 percent in acute hearing loss, down to 37 percent when using a hearing aid.
The results of the study required hearing loss at various stages to be an early indicator of the risk of Alzheimer's disease and early discovery of disease progression to take measures to slow down and mitigate the effects on the patient.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are currently around 50 million people around the world and that they are expected to increase to 75 million by 2030.