Hearing Aids Shown to Slow Down Dementia

Woman with hearing loss gets hearing aid to slow down her dementia and completes a puzzle.

Your brain can be benefited by dealing with your loss of hearing. At least, that’s according to a new study by a team of analysts from the University of Manchester. Over the period of around 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 men and women were examined by these scientists. The unexpected results? Treating your hearing loss can delay dementia by up to 75%.

That is not a small number.

But is it actually that surprising? The importance of the finding, of course, is still relevant, this is an important statistical connection between the fight against cognitive decline and the treatment of hearing loss. But it coordinates well with what we currently know: as you get older, it’s vital to treat your loss of hearing if you want to slow down cognitive decline.

What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?

Scientific research can be contradictory and confusing (should I eat eggs, shouldn’t I eat eggs? How about wine? Will drinking wine help me live longer?). There are countless unrelated reasons for this. The bottom line is: yet further proof, this research suggests untreated hearing loss can lead to or exacerbate cognitive decline including dementia.

So for you personally, what does this imply? In certain ways, it’s pretty straight forward: you should set up an appointment with us immediately if you’ve observed any hearing loss. And you really should start wearing that hearing aid as advised if you find out you require one.

When You Wear Them Correctly, Hearing Aids Can Prevent Dementia

Regrettably, when people are prescribed with hearing aids, they don’t always immediately get into the habit of wearing them. Some of the reasons why are:

  • The way that the hearing aid is supposed to work, doesn’t seem to be the way it’s currently working. Many people need to have their settings adjusted, and calibration problems are definitely something that can be addressed by our hearing specialists.
  • It’s challenging to understand voices. In many cases, it takes time for your brain to adjust to hearing voices again. We can suggest things to do to help make this process easier, such as reading along with an audiobook.
  • You’re concerned about how hearing aids appear. You’d be surprised at the assortment of designs we have available now. Additionally, many hearing aid models are manufactured to be very unobtrusive.
  • The hearing aid doesn’t feel as if it fits perfectly. If you are experiencing this issue, please let us know. We can help make it fit better.

Your future mental faculties and even your overall health are undoubtedly impacted by using hearing aids. If you’re trying to cope with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. Quite often the solution will take time or patience, but consulting your hearing professional to ensure your hearing aids work for you is a part of the process.

It’s more significant than ever to treat your loss of hearing specifically in the light of the new findings. Hearing aids are protecting your hearing health and your mental health so it’s important to be serious about treatment.

Dementia And Hearing Aids, What’s The Connection?, What’s The Connection?

So what’s the real link between dementia and loss of hearing? Scientists themselves aren’t completely sure, but some theories are related to social isolation. Many people, when faced with loss of hearing, become less socially involved. Sensory stimulation is the basis of another theory. Over time, if a person loses sensory stimulation, such as hearing loss, the brain receives less activity which then causes cognitive decline.

You hear better with a hearing aid. Delivering a natural defense for your brain against cognitive decline and helping to keep your brain active. That’s why taking care of hearing loss can delay dementia by up to 75% percent and why it shouldn’t be unexpected that there is a link between the two.

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