HEARING HEALTH & BRAIN HEALTH
A new study shows there is a higher risk of accelerated cognitive decline due to withdrawal from social activities for individuals with hearing loss who do not actively use hearing aids.
It's widely known that as we get older, most of us experience some decline in our cognitive faculties. We tend to forget things, it takes longer to learn new things and it's harder to concentrate and focus. This cognitive decline is usually a normal part of aging, unfortunately. We can't stop it, but there are things we can do to slow it down.
Maintain your brain: stay stimulated
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. Is there a connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline? For many years, researchers have speculated about this relationship. For the first time, a new study has documented hearing loss and cognitive decline among a group of nearly 4000 volunteers over a 25-year period.
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