Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have found a strong association between hearing loss and dementia. There are several possible explanations, none definitive. Hearing aids do not appear to significantly lower risk, although more study is needed to see if people are using hearing aids properly.

At a party the other night, a fund-raiser for a literary magazine, I found myself in conversation with a well-known author whose work I greatly admire. I use the term “conversation” loosely. I couldn’t hear a word he said.

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