Washington: A new study has revealed that age-related hearing loss (ARHL), one of the four most prevalent chronic conditions in the elderly, is associated with low serum levels of folic acid.Despite the high prevalence of hearing impairment, the biological basis of age-related hearing loss is unknown.
The main finding was that low serum levels of folic acid were significantly associated with high-frequency hearing loss in the elderly. In medically underserved populations like that in the study, relatively low levels of vitamin intake can be expected. That suggests a need for continuing study into the role of vitamins in auditory function, particularly in developing countries where malnutrition is rife, said the authors.The new research published in the December 2010 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. ANI
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