Woman with hearing loss tuning out to the people around her and starting to have cognitive decline.

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 around 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 people were studied by these analysts. The unexpected results? Managing your loss of hearing can slow dementia by up to 75%.

That’s a considerable number.

But still, it’s not really all that unexpected. The significance of the finding, of course, is still useful, that kind of statistical connection between hearing loss treatment and the struggle against dementia is noteworthy and shocking. But the information we already have aligns well with these findings: as you age, it’s vital to treat your hearing loss if you want to slow down dementia.

What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?

Scientific research can be inconsistent and confusing (should I eat eggs, should I not eat eggs? How about wine? Will drinking wine help me live longer?). The causes for that are lengthy, diverse, and not very relevant to our discussion here. Because here’s the bottom line: yet another piece of evidence, this research indicates neglected loss of hearing can lead to or worsen mental decline including dementia.

So what does this mean for you? It’s straightforward in many ways: you need to come see us as soon as possible if you’ve noticed any hearing loss. And you really should start wearing that hearing aid as directed if you find out you need one.

When You Wear Them Correctly, Hearing Aids Can Forestall Dementia

Unfortunately, not everyone falls right into the practice of wearing a prescribed pair of hearing aids. Some of the reasons why are:

  • You’re worried about how hearing aids look. These days, we have lots of types available which might amaze you. Plus, many hearing aid models are manufactured to be very unobtrusive.
  • The way that the hearing aid is supposed to work, doesn’t appear 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.
  • The hearing aid doesn’t feel as if it fits perfectly. If you are experiencing this issue, please contact us. They can fit better and we’re here to help.
  • It’s difficult to understand voices. Your brain doesn’t always immediately adapt to hearing voices. We can recommend things to do to help make this endeavor go more smoothly, such as reading along with an audiobook.

Obviously wearing your hearing aids is crucial to your health and future cognitive faculties. We can help if you’re trying to cope with any of the above. Working with 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.

It’s more significant than ever to deal with your loss of hearing particularly in the light of the new evidence. Hearing aids are defending your hearing health and your mental health so it’s crucial to take that treatment seriously.

Hearing Aids And Dementia, What’s The Link?

So why are these two health conditions loss of hearing and dementia even associated in the first place? Social isolation is the prominent theory but scientists are not 100% certain. When coping with loss of hearing, some people isolate themselves socially. Sensory stimulation is the basis of another theory. All senses trigger activity in the brain, and some researchers theorize that the loss of stimulation can lead to cognitive decline over a period of time.

You hear better with a hearing aid. And that can help keep your brain active, offering a more effective natural defense against dementia and cognitive decline. That’s why dealing with hearing loss can delay dementia by as much as 75% percent and why it shouldn’t be unexpected that there is a link between the two.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.

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