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First Study to Show Hearing Aids Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline

A new long-term study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society shows that wearing hearing aids reduces cognitive decline associated with hearing loss. Click here http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.13649/abstract to review the study.

This 25-year study revealed a lower baseline score on the Mini-Mental State Examination test of cognitive function for older adults with untreated hearing loss, while those using hearing aids had no difference in the decline rate with those that did not have hearing loss. Professor Hélène Amieva, a leading researcher in the Neuropsychology and Epidemiology of Aging at the University of Bordeaux, France, headed up the study which followed 3,670 adults, age 65 and older over a 25-year period as part of the Personnes Agèes QUID cohort (PAQUID), a cohort specifically designed to study brain aging.

This article reinforces the need to seek amplification in order to improve cognition and prevent a more rapid decline with aging. Family members and friends that are resisting seeking the assistance that is available should be encouraged not to wait and allow this decline to take place. It’s so encouraging that we know how to reduce cognitive decline and improve quality of life at such a precious time.