Hearing loss and dementia
Dr. Frank Linn at Johns Hopkins has found a link between hearing loss and cognitive decline. The greater the hearing loss, the greater the risk of developing memory issues. Hearing loss increases cognitive load, reduces social interaction, and creates barriers between family members.
"Our results suggest that hearing loss could be another 'hit' on the brain in many ways," Lin explains.
Hearing aids can help
Dr. Anil K. Lalwani and colleagues found that those who are treated with hearing aids performed significantly better in cognition tests. “Our study suggests that using a hearing aid may offer a simple, yet important, way to prevent or slow the development of dementia by keeping adults with hearing loss engaged in conversation and communication.”