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Age-Related Hearing Loss and Folate

Age-related hearing loss is one of the four most common chronic conditions among the elderly. New research shows that it is associated with low serum levels of folic acid.

Hearing loss is a major public health problem, but the biological basis of age-related hearing loss is still unknown. However, the current study shows that folate levels could be a factor.

Eurekalert reports:

“The study included face-to-face interviews with 126 ... men and women above 60 years old who had no known medical conditions and had been examined by physicians ... The main finding of the study was that low serum levels of folic acid were significantly associated with high-frequency hearing loss in the elderly.”

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