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July 3, 2019

Discussing Age-Related Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline With Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;145(9):781-782. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2019.1667

By 2050, the proportion of people older than 60 years will double, accounting for 21% of the projected global population.1 With this shift in demographics, age-related medical conditions will increasingly affect all areas of medical practice. Hearing loss and cognitive decline are 2 age-related conditions otolaryngologists will confront with escalating frequency. Currently, approximately 30% of adults older than 65 years and 55% older than 80 years demonstrate some degree of hearing loss.2 If current trends continue, those with age-related hearing loss will number 580 million worldwide by 2050.