Treating your loss of hearing can be helpful for your brain. At least, that’s according to a new study by a team of researchers from the University of Manchester. Over the period of approximately 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 people were studied by these analysts. The outstanding findings? Managing your hearing loss can slow dementia by as much as 75%.
That’s a substantial figure.
But is it really that surprising? That’s not to detract from the importance of the finding, of course, this is an important statistical correlation between the fight against cognitive decline and the treatment of hearing loss. But it aligns well with what we currently know: as you get older, it’s vital to treat your loss of hearing if you want to hold off dementia.
How am I Impacted by This Research?
Scientific research can be contradictory and confusing (should I eat eggs, should I not eat eggs? How about wine? Will that help me live longer?). There are many unrelated causes for this. Because here’s the bottom line: this new research is yet further proof that reveals untreated loss of hearing can lead to or exacerbate cognitive decline including dementia.
So what does this mean for you? In some ways, it’s quite straight forward: you should come see us as soon as possible if you’ve noticed any hearing loss. And, if you need a hearing aid, you should definitely begin wearing that hearing aid as advised.
Hearing Aids Help Prevent Dementia When You Wear Them Correctly
Unfortunately, not everybody falls directly into the habit of using a prescribed pair of hearing aids. The often cited reasons why include:
- Peoples voices are difficult to understand. Your brain doesn’t always instantly adjust to understanding voices. There are things we can suggest, including reading along with an audiobook, that can help make this endeavor go more smoothly.
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel like it fits perfectly. If you are having this problem, please contact us. They can fit better and we’re here to help.
- You’re worried about how hearing aids appear. You’d be surprised at the wide variety of designs we have available currently. Some styles are so subtle, you might not even notice them.
- 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.
Obviously wearing your hearing aids is important to your health and future cognitive abilities. We can help if you’re having difficulties with any of the above. Working with your hearing professional 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 treat your loss of hearing particularly in the light of the new evidence. Be serious about the treatment because hearing aids are defending your hearing and your mental health.
What’s The Link Between Hearing Aids And Dementia?
So what’s the real connection between dementia and hearing loss? Scientists themselves aren’t exactly sure, but some theories are related to social solitude. When dealing with hearing loss, some people isolate themselves socially. Sensory stimulation is the foundation of another theory. With time, if a person loses sensory stimulation, such as hearing loss, the brain receives less activity which then leads to mental decline.
You hear better with a hearing aid. Delivering 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 dementia by as much as 75%.