Your brain can be benefited by taking care of your loss of hearing. At least, that’s according to a new study by a team of analysts from the University of Manchester. Over the period of about 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 men and women were studied by these investigators. The unexpected results? Dementia can be slowed by as much as 75% by managing your loss of hearing.
That is not a small number.
But is it really 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 stunning. But the insight we already have aligns well with these findings: treating your hearing loss is essential to slowing cognitive decline as you age.
What Does This Research on Dementia Mean For me?
Scientific research can be confusing and contradictory (should I eat eggs, should I not eat eggs? How about wine? Will drinking wine help me live longer?). The causes for that are lengthy, varied, and not very pertinent to our discussion here. The bottom line is: this new research is yet further proof that suggests neglected hearing loss can result in or worsen mental decline including dementia.
So what does this mean for you? In certain ways, it’s pretty straight forward: you should come see us right away if you’ve noticed any hearing loss. And you really should begin using that hearing aid as directed if you find out you need one.
When You Wear Them Regularly, Hearing Aids Can Counter Dementia
Unfortunately, not everybody falls directly into the practice of wearing a prescribed pair of hearing aids. The often cited reasons why include:
- Voices are difficult to make out. Your brain doesn’t always instantly adjust to hearing voices. We can suggest things to do to help make this process go more smoothly, such as reading along with a book recording.
- 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.
- You’re anxious about how hearing aids appear. Nowadays, we have lots of variations available which might surprise you. Plus, many hearing aid models are created to be very unobtrusive.
- The hearing aid doesn’t feel as if it fits well. If you are suffering from this problem, please contact us. We can help make it fit better.
Your future cognitive abilities and even your health in general are undoubtedly affected by using hearing aids. If you’re having difficulties with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. Working with your hearing expert to make sure your hearing aids are working for you is just part of the process and it requires time and patience.
And taking into consideration these new findings, dealing with your hearing loss is more significant than ever. Hearing aids are protecting your hearing health and your mental health so it’s vital to be serious about treatment.
Dementia And Hearing Aids, What’s The Connection?, What’s The Link?
So what’s the real connection between dementia and hearing loss? Experts themselves aren’t exactly sure, but some theories are related to social solitude. Some people, when faced with loss of hearing, become less socially active. Sensory stimulation is the basis of another theory. All senses generate activity in the brain, and some researchers theorize that the loss of stimulation can result in cognitive decline over time.
Your hearing aid will help you hear better. Providing 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 unexpected and why hearing loss treatments can slow dementia by as much as 75%.