Harvard Men's Health Watch

Is it normal to lose my sense of smell as I age?

On call Q. I am 72, and over the past year I have begun to lose my sense of smell. Is this a normal part of aging? A. Some loss of sensitivity to smells also known as anosmia is normal as we get older, but there may be another explanation. The ability to smell depends on a healthy lining of the nasal cavity, open nasal passageways, and normal…

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