Brain Health and Untreated Hearing Loss

Brain Health and Untreated Hearing Loss

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A commission from “The Lancet”  focused on dementia. In this review, the authors outline nine potentially modifiable health and lifestyle factors from different phases of life that, if eliminated, might prevent or at least delay dementia. The authors stress that dementia, much like hearing loss, is not an inevitable consequence of aging, rather it is multifaceted and potentially 1/3 of cases preventable.

In this commission, the authors extended upon existing models of dementia risk to include hearing loss and social isolation. Next, they incorporated potentially reversible risk factors from different phases of the life span, to propose a novel life-course model of risk.

Prevention and management of hearing loss showed the greatest reduction in risk for dementia, approximately 9 percent of the 35 percent relative risk… Further, hearing loss can lead to social disengagement or increase cognitive load of a vulnerable brain leading to cognitive decline.

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