Do you or someone you know suffer from memory loss? Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is a common problem among aging adults. While there’s still little known about how to prevent these diseases from occurring, the audiologists at New York’s Rochester Hearing & Speech Center say researchers in NYC may have found an answer.
A group of researchers at Columbia University Medical Center recently conducted a study of 100 elderly adults ranging in age from 80 to 99, some of which wore hearing aids and some who did not. Each of the participants were given a standard cognition test to gain insight on their memory and cognitive abilities. Surprisingly, researchers found that the participants who wore hearing aids performed better overall than those who did not.
According to Dr. Anil K. Lalwani, a professor at Columbia specializing in head and neck surgery, the study suggests the use of hearing aids among seniors may actually slow down, if not prevent, dementia and memory loss from occurring. Dr. Lalwani goes on to say that hearing impaired seniors may not participate in conversation as much as those without hearing problems, which could result in limited cognitive brain stimulation. This, he says, could be the link between hearing loss and dementia.
Sadly enough, the researchers at Columbia found that more than half of adults over the age of 75 suffer from some sort of hearing loss; however, only about 15% of those actually seek help. According to this study, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, a significant number of seniors live with some sort of hearing impairment which they do not seek treatment for — which could result in debilitating memory loss conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia.
To learn more about how hearing aids could help you for more than just hearing loss, consult the experts at Rochester Hearing & Speech Center by calling (585) 271-0680. You can also visit their website for more information about hearing aids or to see a list of other services they offer, like speech therapy.