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Hearing loss may be linked to mental decline

January 22, 2013

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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, and editor in chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. See Full Bio
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March 23, 2013

The Information provided here is superb and the analytical studies prove that hearing loss can be a reason for mental illness too. Good Job Done sir would like to hear again from you.

Kangume DK
March 12, 2013

Am very pleased to read all these and still very interested.Am a Ugandan and live here in Uganda.
i have a sister,she is a round 21yrs of age and she has got a hearing problem and she doesn’t even talk.but she was not born like that,she was very normal and she was also talking like any other person.And at the age of 5yrs she fell sick suffering from Mumps and after healing,we discovered that she no longer talks.Am asking whether there is a possibility of her ever talking or hearing again.Any assistance please my email address is and can be contacted on +256774517877.
Thanks and waiting to hear from you.

Best Regards
Doreen Kangume

March 12, 2013

Mental fitness is as important to the body as physical fitness. Possessing good mental health allows us to be creative, to use our mental abilities to the fullest extent, make the most of opportunities and fight stress. When you’re not mentally fit, it can be difficult to perform complex tasks well. Practicing mental fitness daily will help you achieve and maintain a mentally healthy state.

March 11, 2013

yeah but not all people who have lost their ability to hear may not be lined to mental decline.. Although there are some but not all.

February 13, 2013

I have a 9 year old daughter whom is hearing impaired. Why are all of the developmental studies done on the elderly? I understand that they are the large percentage of the demographic whom suffer from hearing loss, but I feel my daughter is suffering greatly in all of the areas discussed in this article. Can anyone advise of a study that has been done on pediatric hearing aide users?

Agustin Tomas Alvarez
February 6, 2013

Con nuestro audifono intellitec la mayoria de pacientes recupera audicion y cuando son jovencitos hasta el 100% lo `podemos de mostrar pero debe de ser con pacientes que no hayan usado ningun audifono ya que estan destrozados debido a las amplificaciones que soportado siempre decimos un paciente con una perdida de 75 y 80% que no haya usado audifonos nos gustaria que lo probaran gracias Agustin

January 30, 2013

Its a very useful articles. I would be happy to publish this asrticles at so that people can be more and more aware about hearing loss.

C McLay
January 29, 2013

I do not agree that hearing loss leads to loss of memory or thinking skills. Maybe if you’re 80 years old! My memory is as good as ever and I have significant hearing loss.

C McLay
January 29, 2013

If a person w/ hearing loss wears hearing aids like me I find it does really help, but not so much in a really loud background situation . I think they have to be really good hearing aids as well.

January 28, 2013

Very good post, informative and thorough.

Kia Parts dealer
January 24, 2013

Thank you for this information. I have found it very useful.

January 23, 2013

I am over 40 and find my ability to hear declining. I am very sensitive to certain noises. Sometimes when my children talk in the back of the car, I don’t seem to hear their conversation, it’s almost like a background noise.Sometimes I think about the time I had ear buds in my ears as a teen listening to music, all the fitness with loud music in a background… Now I am more careful with the way I listen to things, it seems I deal with quiet low noises better. I wonder if there is an exercise to improve my hearing. I also suffer from allergies with buildup of fluid behind my ears. Is this all connected?

January 25, 2013

I will be checking the “folic acid therapy” we are getting 🙂 I feel am too young to loose hearing or have difficulty hearing.

amazingly we are deficient on B complex and a lot of diabetic patients need B12 shots on regular bases.

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