Your brain can be benefited by treating your loss of hearing. At least, that’s according to a new study from a University of Manchester research team. These researchers examined a group of more than 2000 participants over the course of nearly twenty years (1996 to 2014). The striking results? Treating your hearing loss can slow dementia by as much as 75%.
That is not a small number.
But is it really that surprising? The importance of the finding, of course, is still useful, this is an important statistical connection between the struggle against dementia and the treatment of hearing loss. But the information we already have coordinates with these findings: as you age, it’s essential to treat your loss of hearing if you want to slow down dementia.
How am I Impacted by This Research?
Scientific studies can be contradictory and perplexing (should I eat eggs, shouldn’t I eat eggs? What about wine? Will drinking wine help me live longer?). There are lots of unrelated reasons for this. Because here’s the main point: yet another piece of evidence, this research reveals neglected hearing loss can result in or exacerbate mental decline including dementia.
So what does this indicate for you? In some ways, it’s quite straight forward: you should set up an appointment with us immediately if you’ve noticed any loss of hearing. And, if you require a hearing aid, you need to definitely start wearing that hearing aid as directed.
When You Use Them Regularly, Hearing Aids Can Counter Dementia
Regrettably, when people are prescribed with hearing aids, they don’t always immediately get into the habit of using them. Some of the reasons why are:
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel as if it fits comfortably. If you are having this issue, please contact us. We can help make it fit better.
- 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.
- How hearing aids look worries you. Today, we have lots of styles available which may surprise you. Some models are so subtle, you may not even see them.
- Voices are difficult to understand. Your brain doesn’t always immediately adjust to understanding voices. There are some things we can recommend, such as reading along with an audiobook, that can make this process go more smoothly.
Your future mental faculties and even your health in general are obviously impacted by using hearing aids. We can help if you’re struggling with any of the above. At times the solution will take time or patience, but working with your hearing professional to make sure your hearing aids are working for you is a part of the process.
And taking into consideration these new findings, managing your hearing loss is more important than ever before. Be serious about the treatment because hearing aids are protecting your hearing and your mental health.
Dementia And Hearing Aids, What’s The Connection?, What’s The Link?
So why are these two problems dementia and hearing loss even associated to begin with? Social isolation is the leading theory but experts are not completely sure. Many people, when faced with loss of hearing, become less socially involved. Sensory stimulation is the foundation of another theory. Over the years, if a person loses sensory stimulation, such as hearing loss, the brain receives less activity which then causes mental decline.
Your hearing aid allows you to hear better. And that can help keep your brain active, creating a more robust natural defense against dementia and cognitive decline. That’s why dealing with hearing loss can slow dementia by up to 75% percent and why it shouldn’t be unexpected that there is a link between the two.