Taking care of your hearing loss can be good for your brain. At least, that’s according to a new study from a University of Manchester study group. Over the period of about 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 individuals were evaluated by these researchers. The unexpected outcome? Dealing with your loss of hearing can slow dementia by up to 75%.
That is not an insignificant number.
But is it actually that surprising? The significance of the finding, of course, is still relevant, this is an important statistical connection between the battle against cognitive decline and the treatment of hearing loss. But the insight we already have aligns well with these findings: treating your loss of hearing is essential to slowing cognitive decline as you get older.
What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?
Scientific research can be confusing and inconsistent (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: this new research is yet another piece of evidence that reveals untreated hearing loss can lead to or exacerbate cognitive decline including dementia.
So what does this indicate for you? In certain ways, it’s quite straight forward: if you’ve been noticing any probable signs of hearing loss, schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can. And, if you need a hearing aid, you should definitely start using that hearing aid as directed.
Hearing Aids Assist in Preventing Dementia When You Wear Them Regularly
Sadly, not everybody falls directly into the habit of using a prescribed pair of hearing aids. The often cited reasons why include:
- 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.
- How hearing aids look worries you. You’d be amazed at the range of designs we have available currently. Also, many hearing aid models are designed to be very unobtrusive.
- It’s hard to understand voices. In some cases, it takes time for your brain to adjust to hearing voices again. We can suggest things to do to help make this endeavor easier, such as reading along with an audiobook.
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel like it fits properly. If you are experiencing this issue, please let us know. We can help make it fit better.
Your future mental faculties and even your overall health are undoubtedly impacted by wearing hearing aids. If you’re trying to cope with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. Working with your hearing expert to make sure your hearing aids are working for you is just part of the process and it calls for time and patience.
It’s more significant than ever to treat your hearing loss especially 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 Dementia And Hearing Aids?
So what’s the real connection between hearing loss and dementia? Analysts themselves aren’t exactly sure, but some theories are related to social solitude. When suffering from loss of hearing, some people isolate themselves socially. Another theory relates to sensory stimulation. All senses induce activity in the brain, and some researchers theorize that losing stimulation can cause cognitive decline over a period of time.
You hear better when you wear your hearing aid. Offering a natural safeguard for your brain against cognitive decline and helping to keep your brain active. That’s why taking care of hearing loss can slow dementia by up to 75% percent and why it shouldn’t be unexpected that there is a connection between the two.