As we age, it’s common to experience certain health issues, one of which is hearing loss. What might surprise you, however, is that untreated hearing loss has been directly linked to cognitive decline. This alarming connection is backed by a wealth of scientific studies, prompting a significant cause for concern.
A groundbreaking study published by CNN Health in December 2022 delved into this correlation, offering valuable insights from the most extensive peer-reviewed study to date. Spearheaded by Brian Sheng Yep Yeo, Harris Jun Jie Muhammad Danial Song, and Emma Min Shuen Toh of JAMA Neurology, the worldwide study spanned 31 sub-studies, which had 137,484 participants and lasted between two and 25 years.
Two key findings from the study are especially noteworthy:
- The usage of hearing aids was associated with a 19 percent reduction in long-term cognitive decline. As noted by Dr. Benjamin Tan, Dean’s Fellow at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, “Dementia is far easier to prevent than treat, and exceedingly difficult to reverse.”
- Encouragingly, even those who had started with mild cognitive impairment (known as “early dementia”) benefitted from the use of hearing aids, as they had approximately a 20 percent lower risk of progressing to dementia. This suggests that it’s never too late to start using hearing aids, but early treatment may help preserve the most cognition.
Your Hearing Health Is Paramount
Given the compelling evidence, regular hearing tests are as important as routine eye exams and dental checkups. A quick, simple, and noninvasive hearing test can shed light on your hearing health, providing vital information to monitor and maintain your hearing capabilities effectively.
At Audiological Services, we have been delivering advanced, experienced, and results-driven hearing care to the people of Lufkin, TX, for many years. We fully understand the consequences of untreated hearing loss and are committed to delivering tailored solutions for each individual.
If you or a loved one is concerned about your hearing health and its impact on your cognitive wellbeing, we are here to help.
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Remember, with untreated hearing loss, the risk of cognitive decline only increases.
Don’t delay in prioritizing your hearing health.