The Aging and Cognitive Health Evaluation in Elders study is an ongoing, large-scale randomized clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. It is a first-in-kind, $40 million research effort led by Frank Lin and Josef Coresh at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health designed to definitively determine if treating hearing loss in older adults reduces the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

The ACHIEVE trial recruited nearly 1,000 older adults in their 70s and early 80s with mild-to-moderate hearing loss, randomly assigned them to receive either hearing intervention or a healthy aging education intervention, and followed them for three years. This trial will give us a clearer sense of whether treating hearing loss can reduce cognitive decline and dementia risk. Results from this trial are expected in 2023. An NIA funded extension to the ACHIEVE trial will allow investigators to continue following all participants until 2026.
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