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HEARING LOSS AND DEMENTIA
The following is my opinion regarding the
relationship between untreated hearing loss and the chances of
developing senile dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
you have been told you need hearing aids to prevent you from developing
dementia, it is an over statement. Purchasing hearing aids will
not prevent you from developing dementia. Really, it
should be not enter into the discussion at all as far as I am
Here's the research that started this:
In a population study by Frank Lin, MD, ear physician at
John's Hopkins University, it was found older individuals with
communicatively significant hearing loss had a 30-40%
tendency to develop senile dementia as compared to
normal hearing persons. This was fuel for the
hearing aid salesperson.
To use this as a
rationale to sell hearing aids is inappropriate. According
to WebMD, it simply means if you have hearing loss, your odds
My clinical opinion:
Here's what I tell patients - You will or will not develop
dementia symptom independently of having (or not having) hearing
loss and/or using (or not using) hearing aids.
CONCLUSION: Do not be coinsured into using hearing aids
because you are concerned about developing dementia or
Alzheimer's. Get hearing aids if you need to improve your
hearing and understanding.....and only your hearing.