A large study showed that hearing loss in mid-life was more strongly linked to cognitive decline and dementia than obesity or high blood pressure! The researchers all learned that of all the modifiable risk factors for dementia – hearing loss management came out as the most effective in preventing dementia cases.
This research showed that almost one out of 10 cases of dementia could be prevented by hearing aids!
Hearing Loss and the Brain
Exactly how hearing loss impacts the brain is not known, but researchers have speculated that memory may be impacted by hearing loss because the brain needs to direct more mental activity towards hearing and away from memory.
Hearing Aids Can Delay Dementia
Another study showed that hearing aids could delay the onset of dementia by several years through use of hearing aids. Hearing aids also are also proven to improve quality of life and reduce depression.