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Subjective Hearing Loss as a Risk Factor for Dementia

Subjective hearing loss is not associated with significantly different dementia neuropathology, a new study found. Researchers evaluated for differences in dementia neuropathology between subjective normal hearing and hearing loss participants, as well as individuals who wore hearing aids. They found:

  • 273 individuals were included in the analysis.
  • No significant difference demonstrated in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) neuropathology or pathologic state.
  • No significant difference was observed in neuropathology of other major dementia types.
  • Individuals with hearing aids had a lower prevalence of clinical dementia with no significant difference in dementia neuropathology.


Neff RM, et al. Neuropathological findings of dementia associated with subjective hearing loss. [Published online ahead of print September 6, 2019]. Otol Neurotol. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000002381.