Taking care of your hearing loss can be helpful for your brain. At least, that’s according to a new study by a group of researchers from the University of Manchester. Over the period of around 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 men and women were examined by these researchers. The striking outcome? Treating your loss of hearing can slow dementia by up to 75%.
That is not an insignificant number.
But is it really that surprising? That’s not to take away from the weight of the finding, of course, this is an important statistical connection between the fight against cognitive decline and the treatment of hearing loss. But it aligns well with what we currently know: treating your hearing loss is vital to slowing cognitive decline as you age.
What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?
You can’t always believe the content presented in scientific studies because it can frequently be inconsistent. There are many unrelated reasons for this. The bottom line is: yet further proof, this research reveals neglected hearing loss can lead to or worsen cognitive decline including dementia.
So what does this mean for you? It’s straightforward in several ways: you should set up an appointment with us as soon as possible if you’ve noticed any hearing loss. And, if you require a hearing aid, you need to definitely start wearing that hearing aid as advised.
When You Wear Them Correctly, Hearing Aids Can Forestall Dementia
Unfortunately, not everyone falls directly into the habit of using a prescribed pair of hearing aids. Some of the reasons why are:
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel like it works as advertised. 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 make out voices. Your brain doesn’t always instantly adapt to understanding voices. We can suggest things to do to help make this process go more smoothly, like reading along with an audiobook.
- You’re worried about how hearing aids appear. You’d be amazed at the variety of styles we have available nowadays. In addition, many hearing aid models are created to be very unobtrusive.
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel as if it fits well. If you are experiencing this problem, please give us a call. We can help make it fit better.
Clearly wearing your hearing aids is crucial to your health and future mental abilities. If you’re having difficulties with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. Consulting your hearing professional to make sure your hearing aids are working for you is just part of the process and it demands time and patience.
And in light of these new findings, treating your hearing loss is more important than it ever was. Take the treatment seriously because hearing aids are defending your hearing and your mental health.
Dementia And Hearing Aids, What’s The Connection?, What’s The Connection?
So why are these two conditions dementia and loss of hearing even linked in the first place? Social solitude is the leading theory but experts are not 100% certain. Some people, when faced with hearing loss, become less socially involved. Another theory refers to sensory stimulation. In time, if a person loses sensory stimulation, like hearing loss, the brain receives less activity which then results in cognitive decline.
Your hearing aid allows you to hear better. Supplying a natural defense for your brain against cognitive decline and helping to keep your brain active. That’s why treating hearing loss can slow dementia by as much as 75% percent and why it shouldn’t be surprising that there is a link between the two.