Is Dementia Slowed by Using Hearing Aids?
Your brain can be helped by dealing with your loss of hearing. At least, that’s according to a new study out of a University of Manchester study group. Over the period of approximately 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 individuals were looked at by these analysts. The surprising results? Dealing with your loss of hearing can slow down dementia by up to 75%.
That is not a small number.
And yet, it’s not really all that surprising. That’s not to detract from the significance of the finding, of course, that sort of statistical connection 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 hearing loss is imperative to slowing dementia as you age.
What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?
You can’t always trust the information presented in scientific studies because it can often be inconsistent. The reasons for that are long, varied, and not really that relevant to our topic here. The main point here is: yet another piece of evidence, this research reveals neglected loss of hearing can lead to or worsen mental decline including dementia.
So what does this mean for you? It’s straightforward in several ways: if you’ve been noticing any possible indications of hearing loss, schedule an appointment with us in the near future. And, if you need a hearing aid, you should absolutely begin using that hearing aid as advised.
Hearing Aids Help Prevent Dementia When You Wear Them Correctly
Sadly, when people are prescribed with hearing aids, they don’t always instantly get into the habit of using them. The usual reasons why include:
- How hearing aids look worries you. You’d be amazed at the variety of styles we have available currently. Some models are so subtle, you might not even notice them.
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel like it fits properly. If you are suffering from this problem, please contact us. We can help make it fit better.
- It’s difficult to make out voices. In many instances, it takes time for your brain to adjust to recognizing voices again. We can recommend things to do to help make this endeavor easier, like reading along with an audiobook.
- 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.
Obviously wearing your hearing aids is important to your health and future mental faculties. If you’re struggling with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. Sometimes the answer will take patience and time, but consulting your hearing professional to ensure your hearing aids work for you is just part of the process.
It’s more important than ever to manage your hearing loss specifically taking into consideration the new findings. Hearing aids are defending your hearing health and your mental health so it’s important to take that treatment seriously.
What’s The Connection Between Hearing Aids And Dementia?
So what’s the real link between dementia and hearing loss? Social solitude is the leading theory but scientists are not completely sure. Many people, when dealing with loss of hearing, become less socially active. A different theory concerns sensory stimulation. All senses generate activity in the brain, and some experts theorize that losing stimulation can cause cognitive decline over a period of time.
Your hearing aid helps you hear better. Delivering a natural defense for your brain against cognitive decline and helping to keep your brain active. That’s why a link between the two should not be unexpected and why hearing loss treatments can slow dementia by as much as 75%.