As we go through life it’s important to continue to keep our minds engaged. Whether that means learning a new skill, staying physically active or picking up a new novel or jigsaw puzzle at BookPeople, experts agree we must make sure we take care of our minds the same way we do our bodies.
If you have hearing loss, one very effective way to help your mind is by getting hearing aids.
Hearing loss and cognitive decline
While many causes of dementia are genetic, there are preventable risk factors that can increase your risk of developing the disease, including hearing loss.
A joint study by John Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who maintain their hearing.
Additionally, the more severe a patient’s hearing loss was, the greater the risk of developing dementia became.
Though science has yet to completely answer the question of why hearing loss and dementia are correlated, several theories exist including:
- Your brain works harder due to hearing loss, which taxes resources usually available for memory and concentration.
- Hearing loss can lead to social isolation, which accelerates cognitive decline and dementia.
How hearing aids help
Since hearing loss is a clear risk factor for dementia, multiple studies have investigated whether hearing aids can help prevent or delay cognitive decline.
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society followed 2,040 US citizens 50 years and older for 18 years and found that the use of hearing aids slowed down cognitive decline by 75%.
Another review looked at six different studies examining the use of hearing aids in cognitive outcomes and found that hearing aids had a positive effect on slowing cognitive decline.
These studies along with others show that the use of hearing aids is beneficial to keeping our minds healthy and protected.
To learn more about the benefits of hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with a hearing professional, contact Victory Hearing & Balance Center today.