Treating 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 approximately 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 individuals were studied by these investigators. The unexpected outcome? Managing your loss of hearing can delay dementia by as much as 75%.
That is not an insignificant number.
But is it really that surprising? That’s not to take away from the significance of the finding, of course, this is an important statistical connection between the fight against cognitive decline and the treatment of hearing loss. But it coordinates well with what we already know: as you get older, it’s crucial to treat your loss of hearing if you want to hold off cognitive decline.
What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?
You can’t always rely on the information presented in scientific research because it can commonly be inconsistent. There are countless unrelated reasons for this. Because here’s the bottom line: this new study is yet further proof that reveals untreated hearing loss can lead to or exacerbate mental decline including dementia.
So what does this indicate for you? It’s simple in some ways: if you’ve been noticing any possible indications of hearing loss, come see us as soon as you can. And you really should start wearing that hearing aid as directed if you find out you require one.
When You Use Them Regularly, Hearing Aids Can Forestall Dementia
Unfortunately, when most people are prescribed with hearing aids, they don’t always immediately get into the habit of wearing them. Some of the reasons why are:
- The way hearing aids look worries you. You’d be amazed at the wide variety of styles we have available now. In addition, many hearing aid models are manufactured to be very unobtrusive.
- The hearing aid isn’t feeling like it fits comfortably. If you are experiencing this issue, please let us know. We can help make it fit better.
- Voices are difficult to make out. Your brain doesn’t always instantly adjust to understanding voices. There are some things we can suggest, including reading along with an audiobook, that can help make this endeavor go more smoothly.
- 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.
Clearly wearing your hearing aids is crucial to your health and future cognitive faculties. We can help if you’re having difficulties with any of the above. At times the solution will take time or patience, but working with your hearing specialist to ensure your hearing aids work 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. Hearing aids are safeguarding your hearing health and your mental health so it’s crucial to take that treatment seriously.
Dementia And Hearing Aids, What’s The Connection?, What’s The Link?
So what’s the real link between loss of hearing and dementia? Analysts themselves aren’t completely sure, but some theories are related to social solitude. Many people, when dealing with loss of hearing, become less socially active. Yet another theory relates to sensory stimulation. In time, if a person loses sensory stimulation, like hearing loss, the brain gets less activity which then results in mental decline.
Your hearing aid will help you hear better. And that can help keep your brain active, providing a more potent natural defense against dementia and cognitive decline. That’s why treating 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.