Hearing loss and dementia are both conditions which become more common as you get older, and recent research by John Hopkins Medicine and the National Institute of Ageing found that adults with hearing loss are “significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing”
About the Study
The researchers found volunteers whose hearing and cognitive abilities were tested in a different study between 1990 and 1994, then reexamined them every one or two years up until 2008. Volunteers who had hearing loss at the beginning of the study were more likely to have dementia by the end. Up to five times more likely, in fact, depending on the severity of their hearing loss.
Although researchers are still not sure about the exact connection between hearing loss and dementia, they believe there are several ways that hearing loss could lead to dementia.
It may even be a combination of the following three things:
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So how can you maintain your brain health?
Here are a few tips:
Keep On Learning – any new learning activity develops new neural connections in the brain, which may help you bypass any damage to the brain associated with dementia
Be Social – having conversations with people will stimulate your brain
Exercise – at least 30 minutes, five days a week – cardiovascular exercise is particularly beneficial
Eat Healthy – eat lots of fruits and vegetables, along with legumes, fish, olive oil, and nuts and seeds
But remember to also take good care of your hearing
Because it’s important to keep your brain healthy, it’s also important to keep your hearing healthy. So don’t let your hearing loss increase over time. If you suspect you have a hearing loss, get help. Start by taking a free online hearing test.
Hearing aids are a good way to treat your hearing loss if it’s low or moderate – depending on your specific type of hearing loss. If you have a severe or profound hearing loss, cochlear implants may be the best option for you.
A hearing care professional can help you figure out how you can prevent your hearing loss from worsening and keep your grey cells intact so contact us today to book an appointment!