Research on the detrimental affects of hearing loss on the brain have led to studies analyzing if hearing aids can counteract that negative mental impact. Today there is more research that indicates that, yes, hearing aids can help the cognitive functions of people with hearing loss.
There's exciting news for people with hearing loss. As noted on the ENTColumbia.org, "A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that older adults who used a hearing aid performed significantly better on cognitive tests than those who did not use a hearing aid, despite having poorer hearing."
The study published in American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry was conducted on a 100 older adults and used two different tests to determine cognitive function. In both tests people with hearing loss who used hearing aids performed better than those with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids. This finding held true even with people who had better hearing or slightly less hearing loss than those using the hearing aids.
Hearing aid manufacturers are becoming more tuned into the implications and value of such studies. Hearing aids don't just help people hear, it helps them think and may delay dementia and Alzheimer's. Dr. Lalwani, one of the study's authors stated in the article on CUMC, "Our study suggests that using a hearing aid may offer a simple, yet important, way to prevent or slow the development of dementia by keeping adults with hearing loss engaged in conversation and communication,”
One hearing aid manufacturer that uses a BrainHearing approach is Oticon. Their approach seems to be working as they have a high user approval rating. We swiped one of their ads from Youtube, because it actually does a nice job of explaining how the hearing aid industry is evolving.
If you'd like to learn more about what hearing aids can do for you, please see your hearing health professional. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!