A study reveals Link between hearing loss and dementia in elderly

Washington: Experts at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have revealed that the older people who have less hearing ability, the higher the risk of dementia. That is, severe hearing loss can increase the risk of mental decline.

According to experts, if elderly people use proper hearing aids on time, then the risk of dementia is also reduced.

In this regard, 2400 elderly people have been reviewed. Long-term research has shown that decreased hearing capacity increases the risk of dementia and if gravity hearing is treated appropriately at this stage, the risk of dementia can be reduced. The study was published in the American Journal of Medical Association on January 10.

Allison Huang, a researcher at Johns Hopkins, says that there has been a strong link between affected hearing and dementia. In the United States alone, two-thirds of 70-year-olds have impaired hearing, and millions of older people worldwide suffer from this condition.

This includes data from another study that has been going on since 2011, which looked at white, black and people between the ages of 65 and 90. In particular, 2,413 people over the age of 80 had a clear risk of hearing loss and dementia.

It was found that if the elderly had moderate or severe hearing loss, their risk of dementia could increase by 61 percent compared to those with good hearing. Now if they are given a hearing aid, this risk is reduced by 32 percent.

For this reason, experts are saying that if the elderly have a lack of hearing, they should be given a hearing device immediately and they should also be treated properly.


Author: DoctorMaryam.org

4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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