Research has shown that hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline and impairment in older adults. Hearing loss can be gradual. It can be so gradual that we may not even notice until it's impacting our job, our family, and daily living.
A recent study found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those with normal hearing. As hearing loss increases, so does the incidence of dementia.
Untreated hearing loss has serious negative effects that go far beyond the inability to hear. Now more than ever, a baseline hearing test is recommended for EVERYONE over the age of 60. This will help you and your hearing healthcare professional track changes in your hearing over time and ensure even minor changes are detected.
Research has shown that treating hearing loss with hearing aids can slow cognitive decline. It is also believed that treating hearing loss in its earlier stages can help slow down the progression.
Early detection and treatment is the key to maintaining hearing health and brain health.
Frank Lin et al., Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia. Arch. Neurology. 2011 February; 86(2): 214-220