Ground breaking research has found hearing aids may help reduce cognitive decline by helping wearers to stay engaged in sensory and social activity, keeping brain function sharp.
In one of the largest studies ever undertaken to analyse the impact of wearing a hearing aid, researchers from the University of Exeter and King’s College London undertook a two-year cognitive study of 4,372 participants aged 50 with hearing loss.
The study found those participants that wore a hearing aid achieved better results for working memory and attention, including faster reaction times for concentration such as ‘listening intently to someone speaking’.
The findings form part of a growing body of evidence that highlights how a healthy lifestyle, including a wholesome diet, regular exercise and social engagement can help reduce the risk of dementia.
Each year 4000 people are diagnosed with dementia in Ireland with a total of 55,000 people living with the disease across the country. The number is predicted to more than double by 2036.
While dementia is progressive and has no cure, new drugs, treatments and lifestyle factors such as wearing hearing aids have been shown to slow the rate of decline.
Hearing loss can make it difficult to carry a conversation, particularly in a noisy environment, leading to increased social isolation and reduced sensory experiences.
Experts advise when age-related hearing loss is discovered, a good hearing aid can improve hearing while helping to protect the brain too.
No two hearing aids are the same so it is important to speak to an expert who can help achieve optimum comfort and amplification.
Get in touch with The Hearing Company’s fully qualified audiologist Peter Maguire who can discuss what is right for you or a loved one. Phone (094) 902 5672 to make an appointment at our Castlebar, Westport or Ballina clinic.