Your brain can be benefited by dealing with your loss of hearing. At least, that’s according to a new study by a group of analysts out of the University of Manchester. Over the period of around 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 individuals were studied by these researchers. The attention-getting findings? Treating your hearing loss can delay dementia by up to 75%.
That’s a considerable number.
But still, it’s not really all that unexpected. That’s not to detract from the significance of the finding, of course, that type of statistical connection between hearing loss treatment and the fight against dementia is important and shocking. But the information we already have aligns well with these findings: treating your hearing loss is vital to slowing cognitive decline as you age.
How am I Impacted by This Research?
You can’t always believe the information presented in scientific research because it can in many cases be contradictory. The reasons for that are long, varied, and not very pertinent to our topic here. The bottom line is: yet further proof, this research reveals untreated hearing loss can lead to or worsen cognitive decline including dementia.
So what does this indicate for you? It’s very simple in some ways: you should set up an appointment with us immediately if you’ve observed any loss of hearing. And, if you require a hearing aid, you should absolutely start wearing that hearing aid as directed.
Hearing Aids Help Prevent Dementia When You Wear Them Regularly
Regrettably, not everyone falls directly into the practice of wearing a prescribed pair of hearing aids. Some of the reasons why are:
- 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.
- You’re worried about how hearing aids appear. Nowadays, we have lots of styles available which may amaze you. Some models are so discreet, you might not even see them.
- It’s hard to make out voices. In many situations, it takes time for your brain to adjust to hearing voices again. We can recommend things to do to help make this process go more smoothly, like reading along with a book recording.
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel as if it fits comfortably. If you are suffering from this issue, please get in touch with us. They can fit better and we’re here to help.
Clearly wearing your hearing aids is crucial to your health and future mental abilities. If you’re trying to cope with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. Consulting your hearing specialist 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 important than ever to manage your hearing loss especially in the light of the new evidence. 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 Relationship?
So why are these two conditions dementia and hearing loss even linked in the first place? Social solitude is the leading theory but experts are not completely sure. Some people, when faced with loss of hearing, become less socially involved. Sensory stimulation is the basis of another theory. Over the years, if a person loses sensory stimulation, such as hearing loss, the brain gets less activity which then results in mental decline.
You hear better when you wear your hearing aid. And that can help keep your brain active, offering a more robust natural safeguard 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 surprising that there is a connection between the two.