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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Loss of Sense of Smell As One Gets Older



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


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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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