The OTC devices will be sold at stores and online without a medical exam, prescription or special fitting. But it is important to understand that what has actually happened is a definition change for devices that are limited in what they offer patients.
A study of nearly a million people 65 and older, researchers found that after four years, those who got at least one flu shot were 40-percent less likely to develop the brain disease than a similar group of unvaccinated people.
Inability to hear conversation in a noisy environment is a dementia risk factor. Addressing hearing impairment early is a promising target for dementia prevention given the availability of cost-effective interventions.