New study links good hearing with better brain function

Posted 18 July 2019
Hearing Care Centre MD and Senior Audiologist, Karen Finch, has shown her support of a recent report regarding the connection between hearing loss and cognitive function.

New study links good hearing with better brain function

The study showed that people who wear a hearing aid for age-related hearing problems maintain better brain function over time than those who do not.

The research was conducted by the University of Exeter and King's College London studied over 25,000 people aged 50 or over.

Karen Finch who is a passionate campaigner for hearing health welcomed the findings: "This ground-breaking study builds on important research in recent years which has shown that hearing loss has emerged as an important risk factor for dementia.

The findings provide great evidence that encouraging people to wear an effective hearing aid may help to protect their brains and reduce their risk of dementia."

The study involved annual cognitive tests over two years in a group of people who wore hearing aids and another group who did not.

Data showed that people wearing hearing aids demonstrated better performance in measures that evaluate their working memory and attention, compared to individuals who did not wear the devices.

The researchers noted that participants with hearing aids had faster reaction times, which is said to be a reflection of concentration.

Karen, who is also a past President of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists continued:

"The message here is simple. If you are struggling with your hearing, seek the advice of a hearing professional. At the very least you will be able to improve your hearing and it could help keep your brain sharp too."

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