Can’t follow conversation in a noisy cafe? Study links this to dementia

“The inability to detect speech in a noisy setting is a hallmark of hearing impairment and Oxford academics have published a study suggesting it could be linked to dementia.

Researchers studied data from more than 82,000 people who were older than 60 and followed them for 11 years.”

Dr Katy Stubbs, from Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “This study suggests that these hearing changes may not just be a symptom of dementia, but a risk factor that could potentially be treated.”