Alzheimers and Hearing Loss

It’s long been suspected that hearing is critical to healthy brain function.  Now there’s new evidence showing a link.

A recent research study titled “Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia” published in JAMA Neurology by Johns Hopkins University has shown that seniors with hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia than those who retain their hearing.  Researchers speculate that “hearing loss could lead to dementia by making individuals more socially isolated, a known risk factor for dementia and other cognitive disorder.” At first the brain can compensate for small losses of hearing, but over time it is deprived of the critical sensory input that keeps a mind healthy.  It’s increasingly clear that hearing loss may have more serious consequences than was previously thought.  More research is needed to fully understand the connection between hearing loss and dementia. Read the article »