Linking Deafness and Dementia: Challenges and Opportunities

Otol Neurotol. 2017 Sep;38(8):e237-e239. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001408.


: The rising incidence of dementia locally and worldwide has now reached a critical level. The associated costs associated with these individuals will ultimately be untenable to most societies. Furthermore there is a paucity of highly effective treatments. However, the recent discovery of the association of hearing loss and dementia may open many potential opportunities. Although we still are acquiring knowledge on the pathophysiology of this association, clinicians are hopeful that our current highly effective treatments of hearing loss may ultimately be shown to have a positive effect on those with dementia.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Deafness / epidemiology
  • Deafness / etiology
  • Dementia / complications*
  • Hearing Loss / epidemiology*
  • Hearing Loss / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Incidence