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Hearing aids could help cut the risk of dementia, study finds

By Andrew Gregory

13 Apr 2023 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

The Guardian reports on the findings from a large study and questions whether the association between hearing loss and dementia is cause or effect.

Wearing hearing aids could help cut the risk of dementia, according to a large decade-long study, which suggests that tackling hearing loss early may help reduce the global burden of the disease.

Dementia is one of the world’s biggest health threats. The number of people living with the condition worldwide is forecast to nearly triple to 153 million by 2050, and experts have said it presents a major and rapidly growing threat to future health and social care systems in every community, country and continent.

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