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Dementia and Hearing Loss

According to Readers Digest, five million people in the United States have dementia. The risk of being diagnosed doubles between the ages of 65 and 84. One in four people over the age of 85 have dementia. In a report on prevention, intervention, and care, the 2020 Lancet led by Dr. Livingston reported that there are 12 risk factors. The number one risk factor was hearing loss, which affects your ability to talk to other people and leads to isolation. However, this risk factor is reversible with the use of hearing aids.

Hearing aids reduce or delay cognitive decline according to several studies. One study found after 18 months of hearing aid use, speech perception, self-reported disability, and quality of life had significantly improved. In another study, the findings of dementia incident rate in the hearing loss group were higher than those in the non-hearing loss group. A Johns Hopkins Medical Center study indicated hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by 200-500%.

Good News! Treating hearing loss is the single most effective modifiable factor in preventing dementia. Hearing aid use improves brain functionality and if left untreated, it can interfere with cognitive abilities because so much mental effort is diverted toward understanding speech understanding. 

McCollum Hearing Center is just not in business to treat hearing loss. We are determined to partner with our patients to improve their overall quality of life. Remember, you are never too young or too old to take the next step toward better hearing and quality of life.

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