Studies have confirmed links between dementia and untreated hearing loss. As you might know, studies from over the years have shown that hearing loss is linked to accelerated brain shrinkage, adults with hearing loss are up to five times more likely to develop dementia, and adults with hearing loss experience a 30 to 40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities.
Currently, a systematic review of these studies confirm the link, as published in February’s JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. The thinking behind the review is to promote a preventative strategy for dementia by reducing proven risk factors, rather than using post-diagnostic therapy. When getting your hearing loss treated, you play a role in lessening one of the risk factors associated with dementia.
For more information, contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.