Study: Hearing aid use can slow cognitive decline

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – A new study says there may be a simple way to keep your brain strong.

For years studies have shown that as hearing declines, so does brainpower. It’s called cognitive decline. This new study is one of the first to show that hearing aid use can help slow this decline.

The study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society followed more than 2,000 people who started using hearing aids. They followed them for 18 years and found memory scores declined slower than before hearing aids were used.

This is critical information because Dr. Mike Hill says hearing loss is showing up now in younger ages:

“It’s amazing in children between 12 and 17, 14 percent have hearing loss already, and it’s they listen to their players so turn it to the left, keep it lower don’t blast it if you are around noise make sure you wear hearing protection,” Dr. Hill said.

This research also says we should make these devices more affordable and accessible for all people. It could possible play a critical role in preventing what is now considered an epidemic of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


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