Hearing aids help to keep dementia at bay
by Annalisa Lista – 2016.04.26
Older adults who use a hearing aid have significantly better cognitive functions than those who do not use a hearing aid, despite having poorer hearing. The study was published online in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The study included 100 adults with hearing loss between the ages of 80 and 99. Of the participants, 34 regularly used a hearing aid. Audiometry and cognitive tests showed that hearing aid users performed much better than the rest of the sample. Thanks to better ability at communicating linked to the use od the device. The study suggests that using a hearing aid may offer a simple, yet important, way to prevent or slow the development of dementia by keeping adults with hearing loss engaged in conversation and communication,
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