Did you know better hearing might be a key to better brain health? A growing body of research ties hearing loss to cognitive-decline problems such as dementia. So, let’s look at the connections and the importance of regular hearing care.
Both dementia and hearing loss are on the rise. Over 55 million people live with dementia, per the World Health Organization, which also estimates that 10 million new cases develop annually. Hearing loss is estimated at over 1.5 billion youth and adults worldwide and may climb to over 2.5 billion by 2050. Older adults with more severe forms of hearing loss have a significantly higher risk of dementia, according to a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led study released earlier this year. Researchers uncovered a 61% greater prevalence of dementia compared to those with normal hearing.
- Adds to ever-increasing reports on connections between hearing loss and significant dementia risk across the global community.
- Stands apart from some other investigations by comprising a more nationally representative 65-plus population.
- Joins an expanding number of other reports showing potential benefits of improved hearing in helping curb the threat of cognitive decline.
According to the study’s investigators, hearing aid use was associated with a 32% lower prevalence of dementia among those with moderate or severe hearing loss. Good news in reinforcing the importance of addressing hearing loss!
It’s not quite conclusive that hearing aids prevent or reverse dementia — future research will continue to probe the issue, but it looks promising. In an online report, the investigation’s lead author stated, “This study refines what we’ve observed about the link between hearing loss and dementia and builds support for public health action to improve hearing care access.”
What can you do? Staying sharp and engaged is easier than you think and starts with regular hearing screenings. Whether your hearing seems to be changing or it’s simply been a while since your last checkup, contact Garden State Hearing for an evaluation today. This evaluation also includes a “cognition screening” called COGNIVUE which is free of charge.
Ready to see how AI can help your hearing? Contact Garden State Hearing & Balance Center at 732-818-3610 (Toms River/Whiting) or 609-978-8946 (Manahawkin) or visit us at www.gardenstatehearing.com.