Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions affecting older adults today. Individuals with hearing loss more often experience symptoms like depression and some social isolation. Evidence has shown that older adults with hearing loss have developed decreased cognitive performance. Mild cognitive impairment (also known as MCI) is the stage between the expected decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia. It can include problems with memory, thinking, language, and judgment.
A new study has shown that older adults wearing hearing aids has reduced cognitive decline that has been associated with hearing loss. This may motivate older adults with hearing loss to finally seek professional care. It followed 3,670 adults, age 65 and older over a 25-year period.
Additional reading on hearing loss:
- The Real Sounds Of Hearing Loss April 06, 2013
- Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds January 23, 2013
- People with Even Mild Depression and/or Anxiety Should Get Their Hearing Checked, Better Hearing Institute Advises in Advance of World Mental Health Day September 14, 2012
- 29 years old and hearing myself for the 1st time September 26, 2011
- Hearing Loss and Dementia Linked in Study February 14, 2011
- Hearing loss expected to increase as baby boomers age January 25, 2010