Despite regular dental checkups, eye tests, and annual physicals, hearing health often gets overlooked. However, the findings from the study highlight the critical importance of a regular hearing checkup.

The Undeniable Link Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline: Clarity Hearing’s Stance on What the Science Says

by | Jun 24, 2023 | Cognitive Decline, Patient Resources

While hearing loss can create apparent challenges, like difficulty in conversation, its invisible impacts can be even more severe. Recent scientific studies underscore a stark link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline.

If you or someone you know has been experiencing signs of hearing loss without seeking proper care, the data presented in these studies could be particularly alarming.

The Pioneering Study: A Closer Look at the Evidence

In December 2022, a groundbreaking study published in JAMA Neurology offered comprehensive insight into the relationship between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline.

This study, featuring a meta-analysis of 31 trials with a staggering 137,484 participants, stands as one of the most extensive studies on this topic.

The research, which spanned across Europe, North America, Asia, and Australasia, assessed this association over periods ranging from two to 25 years.


Key Findings: The Protective Role of Hearing Aids

The landmark study brought two significant findings to light, emphasizing the critical role of hearing aids in mitigating cognitive decline.

Firstly, the utilization of hearing aids was linked with a 19 percent reduction in long-term cognitive decline. This finding is especially noteworthy considering the words of senior study author Dr. Benjamin Tan, who stressed,
  • Reduction in long-term cognitive decline 19% 19%
  • Lower risk of progressing to full-blown dementia 20% 20%

“Dementia is far easier to prevent than treat, and exceedingly difficult to reverse.”

Secondly, the study found that even patients who had already developed mild cognitive impairment (“early dementia”) benefited from using hearing aids. These patients had a roughly 20 percent lower risk of progressing to full-blown dementia. Thus, the study reiterates that it’s never too late to start using hearing aids, but early intervention can significantly help in preserving cognitive function.

In this meta-analysis, the usage of hearing aids and cochlear implants is associated with a decreased risk of subsequent cognitive decline; physicians should strongly encourage their patients with hearing loss to adopt such devices. – The key finding from the study

Important Takeaways: Hearing Health Cannot Be Ignored

Despite regular dental checkups, eye tests, and annual physicals, hearing health often gets overlooked. However, the findings from the study highlight the critical importance of a regular hearing checkup.

A simple, quick, non-invasive hearing test can not only help you understand your level of hearing but also ensure its prolonged care and maintenance.

Clarity Hearing: Your Trusted Hearing Health Partner

At Clarity Hearing, we offer advanced and tailored hearing care solutions across multiple locations in Texas. With our experienced team and commitment to your hearing health, we can help you address your hearing loss effectively and potentially reduce the associated risks of cognitive decline.

If you or a loved one is concerned about your hearing, we’re here to help. We are currently accepting new patients across our branches. Call the location nearest to you to schedule an appointment, or request a callback for any queries you may have.

Untreated hearing loss can progressively worsen and potentially lead to severe cognitive health implications.

Don’t wait for your condition to deteriorate. Act now!

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Dr. Scott Marquardt - Doctor of Audiology & CEO of Clarity Hearing

Scott Marquardt is the owner of Clarity Hearing and a highly skilled audiologist who has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Marquardt earned a master’s degree in audiology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and a doctorate from A.T. Still University. He is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He and the team offer comprehensive hearing healthcare services and specialize in the care of tinnitus, imbalance, and auditory processing disorders.

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