Your brain can be benefited by treating your loss of hearing. At least, that’s according to a new study by a team of researchers out of the University of Manchester. These analysts considered a team of around 2000 participants over the course of approximately 2 decades (1996 to 2014). The attention-getting conclusions? Treating your loss of hearing can slow dementia by up to 75%.
That is not an insignificant figure.
Nevertheless, it’s not really all that unexpected. That’s not to take away from the weight of the finding, of course, this is an important statistical connection between the struggle against dementia and the treatment of hearing loss. But the insight we already have aligns well with these findings: treating your loss of hearing is essential to slowing dementia as you get older.
What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?
You can’t always trust the content provided in scientific studies because it can in many cases be contradictory. There are many unrelated reasons for this. Because here’s the bottom line: yet another piece of evidence, this research suggests neglected loss of hearing can result in or worsen cognitive decline including dementia.
So what does this indicate for you? In certain ways, it’s quite straight forward: if you’ve been noticing any probable signs of hearing loss, schedule an appointment with us in the near future. And you really should begin using that hearing aid as advised if you find out you need one.
When You Wear Them Correctly, Hearing Aids Can Help Prevent Dementia
Regrettably, when people are prescribed with hearing aids, they don’t always instantly get into the habit of wearing them. The often cited reasons why include:
- How hearing aids look concerns you. You’d be amazed at the range of styles we have available currently. Also, many hearing aid styles are designed to be very unobtrusive.
- Voices are difficult to make out. In many situations, it takes time for your brain to adapt to hearing voices again. We can recommend things to do to help make this endeavor easier, like reading along with a book recording.
- 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 like it fits comfortably. If you are experiencing this issue, please let us know. We can help make it fit better.
Your future cognitive abilities and even your health in general are obviously affected by wearing hearing aids. We can help if you’re trying to cope with any of the above. Quite often the answer will take time or patience, but working with your hearing professional to ensure your hearing aids are working for you is just part of the process.
And taking into consideration these new findings, dealing with your hearing loss is more important than ever before. Take the treatment seriously because hearing aids are defending your hearing and your mental health.
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 prominent theory but experts are not 100% certain. Many people, when faced with hearing loss, become less socially involved. Yet another theory refers to sensory stimulation. In time, if a person loses sensory stimulation, such as hearing loss, the brain gets less activity which then leads to cognitive decline.
You hear better when you wear your hearing aid. Offering a natural safeguard for your brain against cognitive decline and helping to keep your brain active. That’s why a relationship between the two shouldn’t be surprising and why hearing loss treatments can slow down dementia by as much as 75%.