Hearing health is inextricably linked to cognitive well-being.

Cognitive Decline & Hearing Loss: Unveiling the Alarming Connection

by | Jan 23, 2024 | Hearing Loss

In Maryland and across the globe, an increasing number of studies have begun to shed light on the unsettling link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline. 

This connection, deeply evidenced in extensive scientific research, presents a stark warning: neglecting hearing health could have far-reaching implications beyond the auditory system. 

Understanding the critical relationship between hearing loss and cognitive health is a cornerstone of our practice. We’re here to guide you through the alarming data and offer solutions to protect your cognitive well-being. 

The Groundbreaking Research 

The largest peer-reviewed study to date, highlighted in a CNN Health article from December 2022, brings the connection between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline into sharp focus.  

This comprehensive study, led by distinguished researchers Brian Sheng Yep Yeo, Harris Jun Jie Muhammad Danial Song, and Emma Min Shuen Toh of JAMA Neurology, pooled data from 31 studies across the globe, encompassing 137,484 participants over periods ranging from two to 25 years. 

The research found that the use of hearing aids was associated with a significant 19 percent reduction in long-term cognitive decline. Even more encouragingly, individuals beginning with mild cognitive impairment witnessed a roughly 20 percent decreased risk of progressing to dementia upon using hearing aids. 

These findings underscore the preventative potential of addressing hearing loss promptly and effectively. 

Participants

  • Reduction in long-term cognitive decline 19% 19%
  • Decreased risk of progressing to dementia upon using hearing aids 20% 20%

The Implications for You and Your Loved Ones 

The message from this research is clear: hearing health is inextricably linked to cognitive well-being. Despite the known risks, many of us delay or neglect hearing evaluations, potentially jeopardizing not only our hearing but also our mental acuity and quality of life. 

Our practice is dedicated to reversing this trend. With state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and a compassionate approach, we strive to make hearing care accessible and impactful for everyone. Whether you’re noticing the first signs of hearing loss or have long-standing hearing challenges, it’s never too late—or too early—to seek help. 

Taking Action Against Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline 

We offer a comprehensive suite of services designed to address hearing loss head-on, from thorough hearing evaluations to personalized hearing aid fittings. Our goal is to not only improve your hearing but to safeguard your cognitive health for years to come. 

If you or someone you love is experiencing hearing difficulties, we urge you not to wait. Contact our offices in Bowie, Southern Maryland, or Waldorf today to schedule your hearing assessment. Together, we can confront the challenge of cognitive decline linked to untreated hearing loss and pave the way for a future of better hearing and healthier minds. 

Remember, preserving your hearing is more than just improving your ability to communicate—it’s about protecting your overall health and ensuring a vibrant, engaged life. Let Jacobs Audiology be your partner in this vital journey.

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Marcie Jacobs, M.A., F-AAA

Marcie Jacobs has extensive experience in the field of Audiology. She became an audiologist over 25 years ago and has practiced in Southern Maryland and Prince Georges County. Jacobs Audiology was founded in 2011 with the philosophy of providing superior hearing health care for their patients. Her unique combination of empathy and energy result in excellent patient care. Marcie Jacobs obtained her Master of Science degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland in 1991.

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