Hearing Loss linked to Dementia
An international study published in scientific journal The Lancet has revealed that hearing loss in middle age is one of nine factors that contribute to the risk of dementia. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, smoking and physical inactivity.
The study was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London and its finding have hit the headlines around the world.
By 2050, 131 million people could be living with dementia globally and it’s estimated that 47 million people live with the condition at the moment.
Of the nine factors that contribute to the risk of dementia, mid-life hearing loss was found to be responsible for 9% of the risk.
Over a period of four years, 9.2 per cent of a group of voluntary participants self-reported being diagnosed with hearing loss. Their cognitive and clinical performance was assessed at the beginning of the study and again after four years. The participants who reported hearing loss were found to be more likely to score poorer on cognitive tests and around three times as likely to have mild cognitive impairment, as compared with those who reported normal hearing.
Taylor Fields, a doctoral student in the Neuroscience Training Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health explained that the hope is that identifying and treating hearing loss is something that a clinician can do quickly and easily in a non-invasive and affordable way. Hearing loss also offers an accessible way to detect signs of cognitive decline early on, Fields added.
Other past studies have also shown that people with hearing loss are more likely to experience memory problems, and scientists have speculated that it’s because hearing loss leads to depression and social isolation although there are no studies to prove this. The link, however, seems to indicate that treating hearing loss well could stave off dementia and cognitive decline.
There are more than 900,000 people with severe or profound hearing loss in the UK. The charity Action on Hearing Loss calculates that by 2035, more than 15 million of us will experience some degree of deafness, up from around 11m in 2015.
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