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Studies show that actively using hearing aids reduces the risk of cognitive decline by improving communication and social interaction for individuals with hearing loss.
According to research, by far the single most important thing we can do to maintain our brains as we age is to stay mentally engaged, through an active social life with friends, family and business associates. Healthy hearing is a key part of staying involved with people and the world around us. But as we age, for many of us, our hearing ability declines, along with cognition. A new study by Dr. Helene Amieva documented the relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline among a group of nearly 4,000 volunteers over a 25-year period.
Scientists found that people with hearing loss who used hearing aids and were socially active experienced cognitive decline at a rate similar to those without hearing loss. People with hearing loss who didn’t use hearing aids had a higher risk of accelerated cognitive decline due to withdrawal from social activities. In other words, actively using hearing aids reduces the risk of cognitive decline. The scientists concluded that the key was not just their ability to hear better, but, more important was the role better hearing played in keeping them involved in life.
By helping to at least partially restore communication abilities, hearing aids may help improve mood, increase social interactions and enable more participation in cognitively stimulating activities and consequently slow cognitive decline.
It takes more than a hearing aid to stimulate your hearing and your brain, it takes a well-researched, skilled professional like Dr. Halvorson, AuD and the audiologists at Lake Forest Hearing.
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To protect your hearing aid investment, our professionals recommend that you schedule an appointment for your hearing aids to be cleaned and checked every three to six months. Your devices may require reprogramming by a professional as your hearing loss and needs change.
It is important to remember that hearing aids do not restore normal hearing and are designed to assist a person to hear as normally as possible. Hearing aids work their best once they have been professionally fit and adjusted to specific needs. Adjustments made to the hearing aids to achieve maximum performance (fit, comfort, sound quality, etc.) usually take a few weeks of collaboration and cooperation between the client and the hearing professional. People adjust to the hearing aids and learn at different rates. Our professional team of audiologists is here to guide and support you through the process.