Is Dementia Slowed Down by Wearing Hearing Aids?
Your brain can be helped by dealing with your hearing loss. At least, that’s according to a new study from a University of Manchester study team. Over the period of about 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 people were studied by these analysts. The surprising outcome? Dementia can be delayed by as much as 75% by managing your loss of hearing.
That’s a significant figure.
But is it really that surprising? That’s not to detract from the importance of the finding, of course, that sort of statistical correlation between hearing loss treatment and the fight against dementia is noteworthy and shocking. But the insight we already have coordinates with these findings: as you age, it’s vital to treat your loss of hearing if you want to hold off dementia.
How am I Impacted by This Research?
You can’t always trust the content presented in scientific research because it can often be inconsistent. There are countless unrelated causes for this. Because here’s the bottom line: this new study is yet further proof that implies neglected loss of hearing can lead to or exacerbate cognitive decline including dementia.
So what does this mean for you? It’s very simple in several ways: if you’ve been noticing any possible signs of hearing loss, make an appointment with us in the near future. And you should begin wearing that hearing aid as advised if you discover you require one.
When You Use Them Regularly, Hearing Aids Can Forestall Dementia
Regrettably, 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:
- You’re concerned about how hearing aids look. Today, we have a lot of variations available which may amaze you. Some styles are so subtle, you might not even see them.
- The way that the hearing aid is supposed 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.
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel like it fits perfectly. If you are experiencing this issue, please get in touch with us. They can fit better and we’re here to help.
- Peoples voices are difficult to understand. Your brain doesn’t always instantly adapt to understanding voices. We can recommend things to do to help make this process go more smoothly, like reading along with an audiobook.
Clearly using your hearing aids is essential to your health and future mental abilities. If you’re trying to cope with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. At times the answer will take patience and time, but consulting your hearing specialist to make sure your hearing aids work for you is just part of the process.
It’s more important than ever to deal with your loss of hearing specifically in the light of the new evidence. Hearing aids are defending your hearing health and your mental health so it’s essential to be serious about treatment.
What’s The Connection Between Hearing Aids And Dementia?
So why are these two problems dementia and hearing loss even connected in the first place? Social solitude is the leading theory but experts are not 100% certain. Many people, when dealing with loss of hearing, become less socially active. Yet another theory relates to sensory stimulation. Over the years, if a person loses sensory stimulation, such as hearing loss, the brain receives less activity which then causes mental decline.
You hear better with a hearing aid. Providing 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 unexpected and why hearing loss treatments can delay dementia by up to 75%.