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Letters Dementia

Hearing loss is important in dementia

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 07 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3650
  1. Ted Leverton, retired general practitioner, volunteer, Action on Hearing Loss1
  1. 1Bere Alston PL20 7HB, UK
  1. tleverton{at}

The useful clinical review on timely diagnosis and early intervention in dementia misses one important point—hearing loss1—which complicates dementia in three ways. It confuses diagnosis and interferes with support, and evidence shows that people whose hearing loss has been treated have reduced levels of dementia.

By the age of 70 years, 70% of people have hearing loss,2 and many refuse hearing aids. Hearing loss …

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