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 team. Over the period of approximately 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 people were studied by these scientists. The surprising results? Dementia can be delayed by up to 75% by treating hearing loss.
That is not a small number.
But still, it’s not all all that unexpected. That’s not to take away from the weight of the finding, of course, this is an important statistical connection between the battle against cognitive decline and the treatment of hearing loss. But the information we already have aligns well with these findings: treating your hearing loss is imperative to slowing cognitive decline as you get older.
What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?
You can’t always believe the content provided in scientific studies because it can in many cases be contradictory. The causes for that are long, diverse, and not really that relevant to our discussion here. Because here’s the main point: yet another piece of evidence, this research suggests neglected hearing loss can result in or worsen mental decline including dementia.
So for you personally, what does this imply? In certain ways, it’s quite straight forward: if you’ve observed any potential symptoms of hearing loss, come see us soon. And, if you need a hearing aid, you need to absolutely begin using that hearing aid as directed.
Hearing Aids Assist in Preventing Dementia When You Use Them Correctly
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 way that the hearing aid is advertised 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.
- You’re worried about how hearing aids appear. You’d be surprised at the wide variety of styles we have available now. Some styles are so discreet, you may not even notice them.
- The hearing aid isn’t feeling like it fits perfectly. If you are having this problem, please give us a call. We can help make it fit better.
- It’s hard to make out voices. Your brain doesn’t always immediately adapt to hearing voices. We can suggest things to do to help make this process easier, like reading along with a book recording.
Your future cognitive faculties and even your health in general are obviously impacted by using hearing aids. We can help if you’re trying to cope with any of the above. Working with your hearing specialist to make certain your hearing aids are working for you is just part of the process and it requires time and patience.
It’s more important than ever to treat your loss of hearing particularly taking into consideration the new evidence. Take the treatment seriously 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 real link between dementia and loss of hearing? Social isolation is the leading theory but experts are not 100% sure. Some people, when dealing with loss of hearing, become less socially active. A different theory has to do with sensory stimulation. All senses induce activity in the brain, and some experts theorize that losing stimulation can cause cognitive decline over time.
Your hearing aid will help you hear better. Offering a natural defense for your brain against cognitive decline and helping to keep your brain active. That’s why a relationship between the two shouldn’t be surprising and why hearing loss treatments can slow down dementia by as much as 75%.