Numerous studies over the years have looked into the link between age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline and dementia. No doubt you’ve come across some of the findings:
• Adults with hearing loss experience a 30-40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities*
• Adults with hearing loss are up to five times more likely to develop dementia*
• Hearing loss is linked to accelerated brain shrinkage*
Recently, a systematic review of dozens of these studies confirmed the link. It was published in February’s JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
The review promotes new thinking that a preventative strategy for dementia — by reducing proven risk factors — may be more beneficial than post-diagnosis therapy.
By treating hearing loss, you can play a role in mitigating one of the risk factors associated with dementia. Learn more here.