Learning about hearing loss at North Shore Eye Care

Hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline and possibly also with the onset of dementia in older adults. The vast majority of scientists in the area have agreed that cognitive decline is likely related to the lack of social interaction that older adults have because of their hearing loss.

A new study, “Self-Reported Hearing loss: Hearing Aids and Cognitive Decline in Elderly Adults: A 25-year Study,” just published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, compared the trajectory of cognitive decline among older adults who were using hearing aids and those who were not. The study found no difference in rate of cognitive decline between people with no reported hearing loss and people with hearing loss who used hearing aids on a consistent basis. The study also suggested that as the degree of hearing loss increase so the did the risk of dementia in older adults.

By using hearing devices on a consistent basis can actively keep your brain mentally fit and reduced the risk of cognitive decline. The eye is a unique organ. As ophthalmologists, we are able to look into your eyes and view blood vessels and nerves without having to cut open anything. This is what gives us so much information about the overall health of our patients. Furthermore, many systemic diseases have ocular manifestations. Diabetes, hypertension, various autoimmune disorders, infections and neurological disorders can have an impact on your eyes. Regular eye exams can tell you a lot about your overall health.

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