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Even slight hearing loss can lead to dementia and even Alzheimer’s

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Freda Jones leads an active and busy life. She doesn’t let age stand in her way.

“I love my home that’s on five acres and maintaining the yard and house,” Freda Jones says. “I am 87 moving toward 88.”

But her hearing loss was moving her toward frustration and withdrawal.

“People talk to you and you don’t know what they said and you don’t really reply so you’re not part of the group.”

With a hearing aid in one ear and cochlear implant in the other, her life suddenly changed.

“Oh my gosh, it’s like having a second career. I get the shivers when I think about it,” Jones explains.

But recent studies, especially one just out from Johns Hopkins, show there’s so much more to it. Dr. Jace Wolfe of Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma said it’s a big deal.

“What they were able to show which…

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