Men’s dementia risks increase with hearing loss

Plenty of studies over numerous years have linked untreated hearing loss to an increased risk for dementia (here’s one, for instance, and here’s even more).

And while the reasons for why hearing loss seems to increase the risk of the dementia are still be somewhat tbd, the link between the two is not.

Men with hearing loss, especially, seem susceptible — as today’s hearing fact confirms. Taken from a 2018 Australian study, it found that “men with hearing loss had a 69 percent greater hazard of developing dementia” than those who did not have a hearing impairment.

It’s a hearing fact worth drawing attention to during this Men’s Health Month. First, because both hearing loss and dementia are undeniably health-related issues. And second, because hearing loss is very treatable — and experts have concluded that treating hearing loss is one of several things we can do to help prevent or delay dementia.

Men, if you’re ready to treat your hearing loss and be proactive about potential future cognitive decline, we can help. Simply type your zip code in here and up will pop a list of local hearing healthcare professionals who can test your hearing and consult with you about treatment options available to you.


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