Hearing aids offer a variety of different benefits including increased social interactions, better relationships, renewed confidence, improved ability to focus and learn as well as overall improved physical and emotional health. There is also evidence that using hearing aids can improve your cognitive health.
Hearing loss is considered a marker of risk for cognitive decline and dementia. While more studies into the relationship between hearing loss and long-term cognitive outcomes are needed, research has been promising that hearing aids can help reduce cognitive decline.
What Studies Say
- A study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society followed 2,040 US citizens 50 years and older for 18 years and found that the use of hearing aids slowed down the process of cognitive decline by 75%.
- Another study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery found that untreated hearing loss was associated with cognitive decline, with the authors concluding, “although hearing loss and cognition are linked, untreated hearing loss drives the association. Social isolation is a mediating factor in the link for those who have untreated hearing loss.”
- In a review of six studies examining the use of hearing aids and cognitive outcomes three reported that hearing aid use had a positive effect on cognitive decline.
Hearing loss prevents people from fully engaging in their lives. When you struggle to hear what your friends and loved ones are saying it can increase feelings of social isolation. It can stop you from participating in new activities like learning a language or signing up for guitar lessons at Mark’s Guitar Exchange.
If you are struggling with hearing loss, it’s important to reach out and make an appointment with an audiologist today. They can assess your hearing health and fit you with hearing aids that best suit your lifestyle and most importantly allow you to stay engaged with all the activities you most enjoy.
For more information about hearing aids or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, call San Diego ENT today.