It has been known for years that hearing loss increases one’s risk of developing dementia. But what happens to that risk if someone with hearing loss starts using a hearing aid?
A new study published in the journal Lancet, found that hearing aids reduced the rate of cognitive decline by almost fifty percent for older participants with health issues and hearing loss.
“This research underscores how important healthy hearing is to the overall health of seniors. Hearing devices help the hearing impaired better engage with the world around them, reducing their risk of cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and injury from falls,” said Neurologist Moises Arriaga, medical director of CNC Hearing and Balance Center, with offices in Marrero and New Orleans. “Anyone who notices a change in their hearing, particularly seniors, should be evaluated by a qualified physician or audiologist,” he said.