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New Study Shows Hearing Aids Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

New Study Shows Hearing Aids Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline in Older Adults
Published on October 29, 2015

A new long-term study shows that wearing hearing aids reduces cognitive decline associated with hearing loss.

Self-Reported Hearing Loss: Hearing Aids and Cognitive Decline in Elderly Adults: A 25-year Study,” published in the October edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, compared the trajectory of cognitive decline among older adults who were using hearing aids and those who were not. The study found no difference in the rate of cognitive decline between a control group of people with no reported hearing loss and people with hearing loss who used hearing aids. By contrast, untreated hearing loss was significantly associated with lower baseline scores on the Mini-Mental State Examination, a well-established test of cognitive function, during the 25-year follow-up period, independent of age, gender, and education.

“Improved communication made possible by hearing aids resulted in improved mood, social interactions and cognitively stimulating abilities and is the most likely underlying reason for the decreased cognitive decline reported in the study,” says Donald Schum, PhD, vice president of Audiology and Professional Relations for Oticon Inc. “

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“Cognitive health is a concern across all age groups but especially among older adults,” says Schum. “The study is very important news for those people who are considering doing something about treating their hearing loss but have been delaying. It’s not just about hearing well today, it’s about the long-term effects of untreated hearing loss.”

Reference: http://www.hearingreview.com/2015/10/new-study-shows-hearing-aids-reduce-risk-of-cognitive-decline-in- older-adults