How To Treat Hearing Loss to
Reduce Your Dementia Risk

A report published by the Lancet Commission shows that hearing loss is the largest modifiable risk factor against dementia. In fact, moderate hearing impairment can increase one’s dementia risk 3-fold.1,8

Hearing loss is connected to lowered mental stimulation, social isolation, and, ultimately, cognitive decline. Fortunately, hearing aids have been shown to protect against cognitive decline by keeping the brain actively engaged in everyday life.

 

How hearing aids can reduce your dementia risk

Hearing aids support your brain by helping you process sound so that you can keep your brain mentally stimulated.

When you have hearing loss, it takes extra effort to keep up with conversations. This can lead you to avoid social situations. Hearing aids help to keep you connected to the world around you so that you can confidently participate in social gatherings and activities.

HearingLife hearing professionals recommend hearing aids to those with hearing loss as a means of maintaining an active lifestyle - thereby preventing one’s risk for developing dementia.

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  • Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia6

     

  • Half of people don’t know the risk factors for dementia9

     

  • Individuals with moderate hearing loss have triple the dementia risk1,8

     

  • If all hearing loss was treated, nearly 1 in 10 cases of dementia could be eliminated2

     

Other dementia risk factors

There are 12 modifiable risk factors from childhood to late life could delay or prevent 40% of dementia cases. These lifestyle factors can be adjusted in order to reduce one’s risk for developing dementia. The 12 modifiable risk factors are presented below:2

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Of these 12 risk factors, an untreated hearing loss in midlife remains the largest modifiable risk factor of dementia. Additionally, dementia risk varies based on the level of hearing loss.

  • Mild hearing loss doubles the dementia risk
  • Moderate hearing loss triples the risk

Severe hearing impairment increases dementia risk up to 5 times that of those who do not have a hearing impairment.1,8

The recent Lancet study also cites that “hearing loss might result in cognitive decline through reduced cognitive stimulation.”2 The study further recommends the use of hearing aids in those with hearing loss, as a way to protect against cognitive decline.2

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The journey to better hearing might be easier than you think

Aside from treating hearing loss, here are other ways to reduce your dementia risk.

  • Treat hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Live a healthy lifestyle: Physical exercise and healthy eating can reduce your risk for a variety of illnesses, including dementia.
  • Maintain social connections: Even for introverts, social activity keeps your brain active and can also improve your mood.

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