When we get older, certain things can unexpectedly creep up on us. One thing is the possibility of hearing loss, which affects 200,000 people in the United States per year. Unfortunately, this condition is connected to dementia in older people.
A Huge Connection
In 2001, Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist Frank Lin conducted a study to see the connection between the conditions. Lin tracked the normal abilities of nearly 2,000 individuals ages 77 and over during a six-year period. In 2013, Lin showcased the results of the study, and they were very alarming. Individuals with hearing loss had a 24 percent higher chance of dementia.
A Big Gamechanger?
Fortunately, there is hope for individuals with hearing loss. In 2006, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris' researcher Isabelle Mosnier wanted to see the true impact of cochlear implants. They researched 94 elderly patients who had a strong case of hearing loss. Following the insertion of cochlear implants, the elderly patients saw a major increase in their overall performance. Aside from halting hearing loss, the patients saw a decrease in depression.