A report published by Exeter University and Kings College London attracted a front page headline in The Times this week.
It was about a study of over 25,000 older people and it concluded that those who wore hearing aids performed better in memory tests, concentration and reaction times.
The results were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles. That must have been a nice trip for some lucky researchers 😀.
The implication of this is that people with age-related hearing loss would be less likely to get dementia if they got a hearing aid .
It is certainly true from my experience that a great many older people suffer from hearing loss and gradually become more and more isolated as a result. Unfortunately the NHS audiology services seem to be under-resourced and audiology is increasingly left to the private sector. This has a reputation for expensive sales techniques, so many older people shy away from them.
If the research is correct a more accessible and inexpensive audiology service would potentially prevent more dementia cases.