From McEachern Audiology, Newport (HearingNewport.com)
Want To Keep Your Brain Sharp? Take Care Of Your Eyes And Ears!
When you get hearing aids, it can help you stay more stimulated and socially engaged!
By age 40, about 1 in 10 adults will experience some hearing loss. It happens so slowly and gradually, says audiologist Dina Rollins. “You don’t realize what you’re missing.” And even as it worsens, many people are in denial.
By the time someone is convinced they have a hearing problem, age-related memory loss may have already set in. But there’s good news. Restoring hearing with hearing aids can help slow down cognitive decline.
Consider these findings: Researchers tracked about 2,000 older adults in the U.S. both before and after they started using hearing aids. The adults were participants in a big, national study called the Health and Retirement Study.
“We found the rate of cognitive decline was slowed by 75 percent following the adoption of hearing aids,” says Asri Maharani, a researcher at the University of Manchester in the division of neuroscience and experimental psychology and an author of the paper. “It is a surprising result,” Maharani says. The study was published this spring in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
It makes sense, says Rollins. Consider what people are getting when their hearing is restored: “Stimulating your ears stimulates the nerves that stimulate your brain.”
When you get hearing aids, “we’re giving your ears back what they’re missing, and giving your brain what it needs to make sense of what you’re hearing,” Rollins explains. And this can help you stay more stimulated and socially engaged.
When people decide to get fitted with hearing aids, this step can improve quality of life.
Le’Anne McEachern, Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
SeaTowne Shopping Center Newport, OR