Hearing loss and Cognitive decline
New researches suggest that hearing loss is a main contributor to accelerated cognitive decline and dementia.
Livingstone et al. (2017) published a study in The Lancet that showed hearing loss is the highest single modifiable risk factor identified for dementia. Hearing loss was higher than other factors such as depression and obesity.
Hearing loss and gaining less from social interaction has been proposed to be an added risk in individuals with hearing impairment since it contributes to the decrease in social participation and increased isolation.
In another study, which was conducted across a span of 25 years in 3500 individuals found an association between self reported hearing loss and cognitive decline ( Amieva et al., 2015) .
Elderly adults with hearing loss not using hearing aids showed greater and faster cognitive decline, while those with hearing loss using hearing aids had similar rates of cognitive decline as those with no hearing loss.
Treatment of hearing loss is not only about hearing
It is an essential part of keeping you physically an mentally healthy for an active and engaged life.