It really doesn’t seem fair: Hearing loss, a troublesome fact of life for more than 26 million people over 50, may increase the risk of cognitive problems and even dementia.
The findings reported by a researcher at Johns Hopkins University showed that in a group of almost 2,000 older adults (with an average age of 77), cognitive difficulties developed more quickly in people with hearing loss than in those with normal hearing.
The upside to this is that although treatment for dementia itself has proven to be elusive, treatment for hearing loss is widely available. Getting your hearing tested regularly and treating your hearing loss with hearing aids has been shown to lessen feelings of isolation and depression among adults. It’s not surprising then, that there is a relationship between dementia and hearing loss.
The best thing you can do is get your hearing tested and stay on top of any signs of hearing loss.