Hearing loss and dementia linked in study

Dementia and hearing loss are two conditions that often go hand in hand. This has been highlighted in recent research carried out by the CADR (Centre for Age-Related Diseases). The study found that people with dementia have an increased chance of having a hearing impairment compared to those without, and also that those with hearing impairments are more likely to experience dementia-related symptoms.

Can dementia cause hearing loss?

It is thought that this connection could be due to changes in the nerve pathways connected to both hearing and cognition, leading to changes in the way that information is processed and interpreted by those with dementia. The dementia and hearing loss research highlights how important it is for people with dementia, or those at a higher risk of developing dementia, to have regular hearing checks.

The research also highlighted how important it is for those with dementia and hearing loss to receive the appropriate support from healthcare professionals, should they be required. This could include access to specialist equipment such as hearing aids or cochlear implants which may help them manage their symptoms more effectively. Dementia and hearing aids should be discussed and managed by professionals with support from those around the patient.

Is hearing loss linked to dementia?

It is clear from this research that dementia and hearing loss can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, and it is important to raise awareness of the potential connection between these two conditions. By understanding more about how they may be linked, we can ensure that those affected by dementia and hearing loss receive the support they need to live a fulfilling life.

At the CADR, we are committed to continuing our research into dementia and hearing loss, in order to identify any further links that may be present between the two conditions. We hope that by doing this, we will be able to improve our understanding of how these conditions can affect an individual’s life, and provide appropriate support for those affected.

The CADR also has a number of other initiatives dedicated to helping those with dementia, including a network of support services and an online Resource Centre which provides information and advice on topics such as hearing loss and dementia. For more information, you can visit the CADR website.

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