Treating hearing loss can have a significant impact in preventing dementia. A new international study just published in The Lancet says that mid-life hearing loss tops nine risk factors that contribute to the risk of dementia.
Dementia risk factor
According to the report people should take responsibility for these identified lifestyle issues which lead to dementia thereby greatly reducing their risk of developing the condition. Hearing loss can lead to social isolation and depression, which are among the list of potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia.
Look after your hearing
Joanne Torrens, Specsavers Hearcare Director explains, ‘The link between hearing loss and dementia is not new. But too often we dismiss it as a natural part of aging. The international study highlights the importance of looking after your hearing in middle age – not when it is too late and the damage has already been done.’
Regular hearing tests
‘The risk of dementia can be significantly reduced if people take good care of their hearing and that means getting regular hearing tests. It should be as much part of their lives as joining a gym or taking other steps towards a healthier lifestyle,’ added Joanne.
Free 3-minute hearing checks
Specsavers offers free 3-minute hearing checks with no appointment necessary for anyone who is concerned about their hearing. From the results of that check the screener then advises the customer if he/she would benefit from a full hearing test. This is also free and takes about an hour. After that the results are explained and the range of hearing assistance and options available is discussed.