Adults with hearing loss have an increased chance of developing dementia, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins. The research team monitored 639 participants who showed no signs of dementia at the beginning of the study. They discovered that the participants who had hearing loss were more likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s. In fact, the more hearing loss a participant had, the greater the chance of cognitive decline
This is certainly frightening news, but fortunately, you can minimize the effect hearing loss has on your mental health. Researchers speculate people are more susceptible to cognitive decline when they are deprived of auditory input and have to exert greater cognitive effort to understand speech. Wearing hearing aids addresses these problems by alleviating auditory deprivation and decreasing cognitive load.
The bottom line? After age 50, you should have your hearing tested annually. If you are diagnosed with hearing loss, the best thing you can do for yourself is take action. Contact us to schedule your appointment!