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Use of hearing aids linked to lower risk of Dementia

Two recent studies from top universities in the US and UK have found that individuals who wear hearing aids to treat their hearing loss maintain better brain function and health.

If you’re one of the estimated 3.5 million Aussies that could benefit from a hearing aid, this new research shows that if your hearing loss is left untreated, you may be up to 33% more likely to develop dementia as you age.

The recent studies by the University of Exeter and the University of Michigan provide evidence that encouraging people to wear an effective hearing aid may help protect their brains and reduce their risk of dementia.

They also found that older adults who get a hearing aid for newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia, depression, or anxiety, and a lower risk of suffering fall-related injuries than those who leave their hearing loss uncorrected.

The risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s within three years of a hearing loss diagnosis was 18% lower for hearing aid users.

The risk of depression or anxiety was 11% lower and the risk of fall-related injuries was 13% lower among hearing aid users.

Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to social isolation as well as mental and physical decline. Don’t let this happen to you or your loved ones.

According to the Hearing Care Industry Association, only one in four people who could benefit from a hearing aid have one and there is an average of seven years between a person needing a hearing aid and taking the steps to get one.

References: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/research/title_725112_en.htmlhttp://www.hcia.com.au/resources/HCIA.pdf,  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Yep. I’ll be fine had then for years.
    New ones great. Blue tooth to the phone.
    Great for work.

    Oh and work is good for ya. Stops you getting dotty in your old age.
    Nothing more uninspiring than going into retirement villages and seeing all these men wandering around ,lost and one foot in the box.

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  2. The news that hearing aids may reduce the incidence of dementia is interesting. Worth fluffing about with them for that point alone.

    They make a difference in daily life for me; hearing bird song and grand daughters clearly are positives. I have found that once you get the daily routine sorted they are easy. I have found they are easy to loose during work outside so worth including in your insurance cover.

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    • All fo that and more.

      Mine I can have different settings that apply themselves say in a restaurant where it cuts all the noise but I can hear what people are saying or by one of our noisy machines. Wlak up to that and it changes mode and cuts the noise. Cool feature.
      Have to find time to set it up in my car.

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