Taking care of your loss of hearing can be good for your brain. At least, that’s according to a new study by a group of analysts from the University of Manchester. Over the period of about 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 individuals were evaluated by these scientists. The unexpected results? Dementia can be delayed by as much as 75% by managing your loss of hearing.
That’s a considerable number.
And yet, it’s not all that unexpected. The significance of the finding, of course, is still relevant, that sort of statistical relationship between hearing loss treatment and the fight against dementia is noteworthy and eye-popping. But the information we already have aligns well with these findings: treating your loss of hearing is essential to slowing dementia as you age.
How am I Impacted by This Research?
Scientific research can be perplexing and contradictory (should I eat eggs, should I not eat eggs? What about wine? Will that help me live longer?). There are many unrelated causes for this. Because here’s the bottom line: this new study is yet another piece of evidence that implies untreated loss of hearing can result in or worsen cognitive decline including dementia.
So for you personally, what does this indicate? It’s very simple in several ways: you need to come see us immediately if you’ve observed any loss of hearing. And, if you require a hearing aid, you need to definitely start wearing that hearing aid as directed.
When You Wear 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 using them. Some of the reasons why are:
- 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.
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel as if it fits comfortably. If you are suffering from this issue, please give us a call. We can help make it fit better.
- It’s difficult to make out voices. Your brain doesn’t always instantly adjust to understanding voices. There are things we can recommend, including reading along with an audiobook, that can help make this endeavor easier.
- How hearing aids look concerns you. These days, we have lots of styles available which may surprise you. Some models are so discreet, you may not even see them.
Your future mental abilities and even your health in general are clearly impacted by wearing hearing aids. We can help if you’re trying to cope with any of the above. Sometimes the solution will take patience and time, but consulting your hearing professional to ensure your hearing aids are working for you is a part of the process.
And in light of these new findings, treating your hearing loss is more important than it ever has been. Be serious about the treatment because hearing aids are defending your hearing and your mental health.
What’s The Connection Between Hearing Aids And Dementia?
So what’s the real link between loss of hearing and dementia? Social isolation is the prominent theory but scientists are not completely certain. Many people, when faced with loss of hearing, become less socially active. Yet another theory has to do with sensory stimulation. In time, if a person loses sensory stimulation, like hearing loss, the brain receives less activity which then leads to mental decline.
Your hearing aid helps you hear better. And that can help keep your brain active, providing a more potent natural safeguard against dementia and cognitive decline. That’s why dealing with hearing loss can slow dementia by as much as 75% percent and why it shouldn’t be surprising that there is a link between the two.