Taking steps to reduce hearing loss may reduce the likelihood of patients suffering from dementia, a study has revealed.
The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care (the Commission) has
found that hearing loss might be a modifiable risk factor in 9 per cent of dementia cases.
Professor Gill Livingston, who led the Commission, said:
“People know that they should look after their heart and do some exercise, but nobody has really understood the importance of other risk factors such as hearing and a cognitively enriched environment”.
The Commission has published its findings in the Lancet.
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