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Woman with hearing loss gets hearing aid to slow down her dementia and completes a puzzle.

Your brain can be helped by treating your loss of hearing. At least, that’s according to a new study from a University of Manchester research team. Over the period of around 20 years (1996 to 2014), nearly 2000 people were evaluated by these researchers. The surprising outcome? Dealing with your loss of hearing can slow down dementia by as much as 75%.

That is not an insignificant figure.

But is it really that surprising? The significance of the finding, of course, is still relevant, this is an important statistical correlation between the struggle against cognitive decline and the treatment of hearing loss. But it coordinates well with what we currently know: treating your loss of hearing is imperative to slowing dementia as you age.

How am I Impacted by This Research?

You can’t always believe the information provided in scientific studies because it can in many cases be inconsistent. There are countless unrelated reasons for this. The main point here is: this new research is yet another piece of evidence that implies untreated hearing loss can result in or exacerbate mental decline including dementia.

So for you personally, what does this indicate? In certain ways, it’s quite straight forward: you need to set up an appointment with us as soon as possible if you’ve observed any loss of hearing. And, if you need a hearing aid, you should definitely start wearing that hearing aid as directed.

When You Wear Them Correctly, Hearing Aids Can Prevent Dementia

Sadly, when people are prescribed with hearing aids, they don’t always instantly get into the habit of using them. The usual reasons why include:

  • The hearing aid isn’t feeling like it fits well. If you are having this issue, please let us know. We can help make it fit better.
  • The hearing aid doesn’t seem like it works the way it should. Many people need to have their settings adjusted, and calibration problems are definitely something that can be addressed by our hearing specialists.
  • You’re concerned about how hearing aids look. You’d be surprised at the wide variety of designs we have available currently. Also, many hearing aid styles are designed to be very discreet.
  • It’s hard to understand voices. In some situations, it takes time for your brain to adjust to hearing voices again. There are things we can recommend, like reading along with an audiobook, that can make this situation easier.

Your future mental abilities and even your overall health are obviously affected by using hearing aids. If you’re struggling with any of the above, come see us for an adjustment. Consulting your hearing expert to make certain your hearing aids are working for you is just part of the process and it calls for time and patience.

It’s more important than ever to treat your loss of hearing especially taking into consideration the new findings. Be serious about the treatment because hearing aids are protecting your hearing and your mental health.

Hearing Aids And Dementia, What’s The Connection?

So what’s the real link between loss of hearing and dementia? Social solitude is the leading theory but experts are not 100% certain. When suffering from loss of hearing, some people seclude themselves socially. Yet another theory concerns sensory stimulation. With time, if a person loses sensory stimulation, such as hearing loss, the brain receives less activity which then causes cognitive decline.

You hear better when you wear your hearing aid. Offering a natural defense for your brain against cognitive decline and helping to keep your brain active. That’s why dealing with hearing loss can delay dementia by up to 75% percent and why it shouldn’t be surprising that there is a link between the two.

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