As we enter 2020, it is the perfect time to start off the new year with good choices for our health. If you are having difficulty hearing, having your hearing checked is important. There are several studies that now link untreated hearing loss to negative effects on the human brain, particularly as people age.
Adults 50 years and older with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than adults with normal hearing.Adults 75 years and older with untreated hearing loss experience a 30-40% faster decline in cognitive abilities compared to peers without hearing loss. Dementia and hearing loss is another concern. Seniors with untreated hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing. Adults with mild hearing loss are two time more likely to develop dementia. Adults with moderate hearing loss are three times more likely to develop dementia. Adults with severe hearing loss are five times more likely to develop dementia.A person’s mental health can also be affected by hearing loss. Adults 50 years and older with untreated hearing loss were found to be less likely to participate in organized social activities than peers who wore hearing aids. They are also more likely to report depression, anxiety, and paranoia than those who wore hearing aids.