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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Loss of Sense of Smell As One Gets Older

08/11/2009

Question:

My daughter swears that this happens as one gets to the geriatric stage. Is this true? thank you

Answer:

Most of our senses begin to deteriorate as we get older, although of course this is quite variable.  However, a significant diminution in the sense of smell usually does not begin to occur until one is in his or her 70's.

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Response by:

Allen M Seiden, MD Allen M Seiden, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Division of Rhinology and Sinus Disorders, Director of University Taste and Smell Center, Director of University Sinus and Allergy
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati