At The Hearing Company we are recommending people over the age of 50 take advantage of free hearing checks and the wider availability of NHS hearing aids as this could delay the onset of dementia and other mental illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.
For a recent study from the US has revealed a probable link between hearing loss and dementia.
The study by JohnsHopkinsUniversity, Baltimore carried out the research with 639 people and revealed that those who suffer from hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia. The results also proved that the greater the degree of hearing loss the greater the chances of developing the cognitive illness.
The Hearing Company is championing the need for further research into how digital hearing aids could help slow the onset of dementia and even Alzheimer’s.
For the study also identified a link between hearing loss and Alzheimer’s suggesting that for every 10 decibels of hearing lost, the likelihood of developing the disease grew by 20 per cent.
Results from the study also showed that older adults with hearing loss developed a significant impairment in their mental abilities with memory and understanding issues being experienced three years earlier in those suffering hearing loss than those without.
The Hearing Company’s Stuart Spencer said: “Clearly this is a limited study, but the results are significant and could have a profound impact on future treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s. We are living longer and hearing loss is still something that we choose to ignore rather than treat.
“Although there is still speculation among the medical fraternity as to why these two conditions are linked, it’s likely to be due to the brain suffering from information overload and tiring because of the excess energy required to process sounds.
“If this proves to be the case then digital hearing aids would not only make life easier, and reduce social isolation, but also slow the onset of mental decline and dementia.”
Since early use of hearing aids could have such a positive effect on a person’s subsequent mental health, taking steps to combat the early signs of hearing loss is crucial. Free hearing tests are available at The Hearing Company branches throughout the UK, in addition to a wide range of digital hearing aids.
To book an appointment, simply visit your local branch.