Treating your hearing loss can be good for your brain. At least, that’s according to a new study out of a University of Manchester study group. Over the period of about 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 people were examined by these researchers. The outstanding findings? Managing your hearing loss can slow dementia by as much as 75%.
That’s a substantial figure.
And yet, it’s not really that unexpected. The significance 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 the insight we already have aligns well with these findings: treating your hearing loss is imperative to slowing cognitive decline as you age.
How am I Impacted by This Research?
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?). The reasons for that are long, varied, and not all that pertinent to our topic here. The main point here is: yet another piece of evidence, this research implies untreated loss of hearing can result in or exacerbate cognitive decline including dementia.
So what does this mean for you? It’s simple in several ways: if you’ve observed any possible indications of hearing loss, come see us as soon as you can. And, if you need a hearing aid, you should absolutely begin using that hearing aid as advised.
Hearing Aids Assist in Preventing Dementia When You Wear Them Regularly
Sadly, when most people are prescribed with hearing aids, they don’t always instantly get into the habit of wearing them. Some of the reasons why are:
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel like it works the way it should. Many people need to have their settings adjusted, and calibration problems are definitely something that can be addressed by our hearing specialists.
- The hearing aid isn’t feeling like it fits comfortably. If you are having this problem, please give us a call. They can fit better and we’re here to help.
- You’re concerned about how hearing aids appear. You’d be amazed at the variety of models we have available now. In addition, many hearing aid styles are created to be very discreet.
- It’s challenging to understand voices. In many instances, it takes time for your brain to adjust to hearing voices again. There are things we can recommend, including reading along with an audiobook, that can make this process go more smoothly.
Obviously using your hearing aids is important to your health and future cognitive abilities. If you’re having difficulties with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. Consulting your hearing specialist to make sure your hearing aids are working for you is just part of the process and it demands time and patience.
And taking into consideration these new findings, treating your hearing loss is more significant than ever. Be serious about the treatment because hearing aids are safeguarding your hearing and your mental health.
Dementia And Hearing Aids, What’s The Connection?, What’s The Connection?
So what’s the actual link between hearing loss and dementia? Social isolation is the prominent theory but scientists are not completely sure. When coping with hearing loss, some people hide themselves away socially. Sensory stimulation is the basis of another theory. All senses induce activity in the brain, and some researchers theorize that losing stimulation can cause cognitive decline over a period of time.
Your hearing aid allows you to hear better. And that can help keep your brain active, delivering a more robust natural safeguard against dementia and cognitive decline. That’s why treating hearing loss can delay dementia by up to 75% percent and why it shouldn’t be surprising that there is a link between the two.