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WALTHAM, Mass., Sep 01, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- A new study shows memory loss in humans can be the result of bad hearing, Science Daily reports.

The study by Brandeis University researchers shows older people with hearing problems aren't able to remember spoken words because they are spending too much cognitive energy on hearing what is being said.

Study participants had trouble remembering the words even if they could hear them and repeat them.

Arthur Wingfield, Director of the Volen National Center for Complex Systems, recommends that people who work with or associate with older people with hearing problems talk more clearly and pause between chunks of words.

He said they don't need to slow down their speech.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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