Treating your hearing loss can be good for your brain. At least, that’s according to a new study by a team of analysts from the University of Manchester. These analysts looked at a team of around 2000 participants over a time period of almost 2 decades (1996 to 2014). The striking results? Managing your hearing loss can slow down dementia by as much as 75%.
That is not an insignificant number.
But is it really that surprising? The significance of the finding, of course, is still useful, that sort of statistical relationship between hearing loss treatment and the struggle against dementia is noteworthy and eye-popping. But it aligns well with what we already know: as you age, it’s vital to treat your loss of hearing if you want to slow down cognitive decline.
What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?
Scientific research can be perplexing and inconsistent (should I eat eggs, shouldn’t I eat eggs? How about wine? Will that help me live longer?). The reasons for that are long, diverse, and not really that pertinent to our discussion here. Because here’s the main point: yet further proof, this research indicates untreated hearing loss can lead to or exacerbate mental decline including dementia.
So what does this mean for you? It’s simple in some ways: if you’ve noticed any probable indications of hearing loss, come see us in the near future. And, if you need a hearing aid, you should definitely begin using that hearing aid as advised.
When You Use Them Correctly, Hearing Aids Can Counter Dementia
Unfortunately, not everybody falls right into the practice of using a prescribed pair of hearing aids. Some of the reasons why are:
- Peoples voices are difficult to make out. In many cases, it takes time for your brain to adapt to hearing voices again. There are things we can recommend, including reading along with an audiobook, that can make this process go more smoothly.
- You’re anxious about how hearing aids appear. You’d be surprised at the variety of styles we have available currently. In addition, many hearing aid styles are created to be very unobtrusive.
- The way that the hearing aid is advertised 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 isn’t feeling like it fits perfectly. If you are experiencing this problem, please get in touch with us. We can help make it fit better.
Clearly wearing your hearing aids is essential to your health and future mental faculties. If you’re trying to cope with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. Consulting your hearing professional to make certain your hearing aids are working for you is just part of the process and it requires time and patience.
And in light of these new findings, managing your hearing loss is more important than ever. Take the treatment seriously because hearing aids are protecting your hearing and your mental health.
Dementia And Hearing Aids, What’s The Connection?, What’s The Connection?
So what’s the actual link between loss of hearing and dementia? Social isolation is the prominent theory but experts are not 100% certain. When suffering from hearing loss, some people isolate themselves socially. Sensory stimulation is the basis of another theory. All senses stimulate activity in the brain, and some experts theorize that losing stimulation can lead to cognitive decline over a period of time.
Your hearing aid will help you hear better. Offering a natural defense for your brain against cognitive decline and helping to keep your brain active. That’s why a connection between the two shouldn’t be surprising and why hearing loss treatments can delay dementia by as much as 75%.