AARP - Health Talk
by Katherine Bouton
For several years, studies have linked hearing loss and dementia, but no major study has addressed the big question: Could using hearing aidsreduce the risk of cognitive decline?
Now an important new French studyfinds that older adults who use hearing aids experience the same rate of cognitive decline as their peers with normal hearing. In other words, while hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline, hearing aids can slow that from happening, researchers say.
The study, published online last month in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, followed nearly 3,700 adults age 65 and older for 25 years,