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NEW YORK – In a genome-wide association study, researchers have identified nearly four dozen loci associated with having difficulty hearing or using a hearing aid.

Hearing loss of some form affects about a third of people over the age of 65. While the condition is thought to be partly genetic, only a handful of genes have been linked to age-associated hearing loss.

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