Link Between Untreated Hearing Loss & Dementia

Numerous studies over the years have looked into the link between age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline and dementia. No doubt you’ve come across some of the findings:

  • Adults with hearing loss experience a 30-40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities*
  • Adults with hearing loss are up to five times more likely to develop dementia*
  • Hearing loss is linked to accelerated brain shrinkage*

Recently, a systematic review of dozens of these studies confirmed the link. It was published in February’s JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

The review promotes new thinking that a preventative strategy for dementia — by reducing proven risk factors — may be more beneficial than post-diagnosis therapy.  By treating hearing loss, you can play a role in mitigating one of the risk factors associated with dementia.

For more information on hearing health or to take a free, quick, confidential, online hearing test in Los Angeles, please contact Pacific Hearing Inc., at  (310) 455-8468.

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