Your brain can be benefited by dealing with your hearing loss. At least, that’s according to a new study by a team of researchers out of the University of Manchester. Over the period of around 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 people were studied by these investigators. The attention-getting results? Dementia can be delayed by as much as 75% by treating loss of hearing.
That is not an insignificant number.
But is it really that surprising? The importance of the finding, of course, is still relevant, this is an important statistical connection between the struggle against dementia and the treatment of hearing loss. But it aligns well with what we already know: as you age, it’s crucial to treat your loss of hearing if you want to delay cognitive decline.
What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?
Scientific research can be contradictory and confusing (should I eat eggs, should I not eat eggs? What about wine? Will that help me live longer?). The reasons for that are lengthy, diverse, and not very relevant to our topic here. Because here’s the bottom line: this new research is yet further proof that reveals neglected hearing loss can lead to or worsen cognitive decline including dementia.
So for you personally, what does this imply? It’s very simple in some ways: you should come see us immediately if you’ve observed any hearing loss. And you need to start using that hearing aid as directed if you discover you need one.
Hearing Aids Assist in Preventing Dementia When You Wear Them Regularly
Regrettably, not everybody falls directly into the practice of using a prescribed pair of hearing aids. The usual reasons why include:
- Peoples voices are difficult to understand. Your brain doesn’t always instantly adapt to hearing voices. There are things we can recommend, including reading along with an audiobook, that can help make this process easier.
- How hearing aids look concerns you. Presently, we have lots of styles available which may surprise you. Some models are so subtle, you might not even notice them.
- 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 comfortably. If you are suffering from this problem, please let us know. They can fit better and we’re here to help.
Obviously using your hearing aids is crucial to your health and future cognitive faculties. If you’re trying to cope with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. Quite often the solution will take patience and time, but working with your hearing professional to ensure your hearing aids work for you is just part of the process.
It’s more important than ever to take care of your loss of hearing specifically taking into consideration the new evidence. Be serious about the treatment because hearing aids are defending your hearing and your mental health.
What’s The Connection Between Hearing Aids And Dementia?
So what’s the real link between loss of hearing and dementia? Social solitude is the prominent theory but scientists are not 100% sure. Some people, when dealing with loss of hearing, become less socially active. Sensory stimulation is the foundation of another theory. In time, if a person loses sensory stimulation, such as hearing loss, the brain receives less activity which then results in mental decline.
Your hearing aid allows you to hear better. And that can help keep your brain active, offering a more effective natural defense against dementia and cognitive decline. That’s why a link between the two shouldn’t be unexpected and why hearing loss treatments can slow down dementia by up to 75%.