Hearing Loss Tied to Brain Shrinkage

We’ve known for several years that hearing loss is linked to dementia and decline in memory and thinking skills, but we don’t yet understand why they are connected. A new study from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore may provide an explanation: Older adults with hearing problems appear to have a greater rate of brain shrinkage as they age. Researchers used information from the ongoing Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging to study 126 adults ages 56 to 86 who had yearly MRI brain scans …

Hearing Loss May Speed Up Dementia

Here’s a really good reason to get your hearing tested: New research indicates that older Americans with untreated hearing loss experience a faster decline in thinking and memory skills than do those with normal hearing. The study has widespread ramifications, considering that hearing loss affects 30 percent of adults ages 65 to 74, and 47 percent of adults 75 or older, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At the same time, only 25 to 29 percent of those …

Why Do Cellphones Get Cheaper But Hearing Aids Cost More?

It’s a frustrating dilemma: Why have digital improvements helped us get a cheaper smartphone, TV or computer, but the same kind of technological advancements have only caused the price tab of hearing aids to soar – and for a population who can least afford it? It’s a question that New York Times writer Tricia Romano asked in a recent article titled “The Hunt for an Affordable Hearing Aid.” Romano is not an inexperienced hearing aid customer. She’s been wearing one …

Say What? Hearing Loss Hits Those in Their 50s

Millions of Americans age 50 and older have significant hearing loss, but only one in seven wears a hearing aid, says a new in-depth survey by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. And if you think hearing loss is just a problem among the most senior adults, think again: The 50-somethings in this country are in denial over their worsening hearing. There are 4.5 million adults ages 50 to 59 experiencing hearing problems, but only a measly 4.3 percent are using …

When Should You Talk To Your Doctor About Hearing Loss?

This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. Have any of the following happened to you? You’ve found yourself tired or stressed from trying to hear. You believe that everybody mumbles. You find it easier to understand others when you are looking directly at their faces. You frequently ask others to repeat themselves. You increase the television or radio volume to a point that others complain. You have difï¬culty understanding speech in noisy places like cars, restaurants …

The Takeaway: First Black Marines Remembered; Loretta Lynn Hospitalized; New Hope For Hearing Loss

Tomorrow, Congress will vote on whether to award the Congressional Gold Medal to America’s first black Marines, known as the Montford Point Marines. Country superstar Loretta Lynn, 76, has been hospitalized for pneumonia. And ‘hearing loop’ technology installed in public places can help those with hearing aids receive sound more clearly.