The Big Picture: Dr. Adriana Davis, Family Medicine, “Something worth knowing, hearing aid use may not only improve your hearing but it could also extend life.”
Doctor’s Expert Insights about Hearing Aids and Your Brain Health in Georgia
Know this: “We’ve known for a long time that good hearing plays an important role in your brain health and psychological outlook. This new analysis is shedding an important light on the importance of good hearing and overall mortality rates. Essentially, they’re reporting that regular use of hearing aids may not only improve hearing but could also extend life by reducing risks of depression, dementia, and frailty. The importance of addressing hearing loss is not just an issue of managing sensory problems–it’s also an issue of providing good whole person health care!” Dr. Adriana Davis, Family Medicine.
Beyond the news: By establishing a solid link between hearing aid usage and increased longevity, the research underscores the need for more accessible and affordable hearing care solutions in America.
Next steps for you in Atlanta: Consider asking your doctor, during your next Medicare Wellness Visit, about getting your hearing tested.
“The second possible mechanism operates via the effect of hearing loss on frailty, an ageing-related syndrome of physiological decline, characterised by marked vulnerability to adverse health outcomes and a strong independent predictor of mortality. Auditory deprivation resulting from hearing loss, with diminished input itself, might negatively affect brain structure. Furthermore, the association between hearing loss and frailty is mediated by deterioration in mental, physical, and cognitive functioning (eg, social isolation, anxiety, depression, decreased physical activity, and cognitive impairment)…” (Study Source)
Atlanta Focus: Correcting Your Hearing and Vision & Could Lower Your Risk of Dementia.
Health Standard Newswire: Health Roundup Video
- Approximately 40 million Americans have hearing loss.
- Only 1 in 10 of them who need hearing aids, use them. (Study Editorial)
Health Alert for Atlanta
Key Drivers in DeKalb County:
The study analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The researchers examined data from nearly 10,000 adults who had completed hearing tests within the cohort. Mortality status was measured over a period of 10 years after their initial evaluations. The results showed a nearly 25% difference in mortality risk between regular hearing aid users and ‘never-users’, regardless of demographic and health variables.
“We found that adults with hearing loss who regularly used hearing aids had a 24% lower risk of mortality than those who never wore them…” Dr. Janet S. Choi, Otolaryngology.
Of note: Dr. Choi hypothesizes that enhanced hearing through regular use of hearing aids may lead to better mental health and cognitive function. And, this relationship could lead to an overall improvement in health and could contribute to a longer lifespan.
What they’re saying: “Hearing loss has been identified as a potentially modifiable risk factor for adverse health outcomes and mortality. This study, based on a nationally representative sample of US adults, demonstrated that regular hearing aid use was significantly associated with a lower risk of mortality. The replication of our study’s findings in future research with more enhanced study designs is imperative. This should encompass randomised controlled trials investigating the effect of hearing aid use on a spectrum of health outcomes linked to mortality, alongside large-scale longitudinal studies that incorporate comprehensive data on hearing aid use and pertinent confounding and mediating variables.” (Study Source)
Health Standard Newswire: Hearing aids help beyond just better hearing.
Living in Georgia, the following health facts impact your physical health directly!
Did you know there were 4378.0 deaths from Alzheimer’s disease in Georgia in 2021?
14.7% of you in DeKalb County report that you’re health status is not good.
47.5% of men, 65 and older, in DeKalb County are up-to-date on their core set of clinical preventative services.
37.4% *of women, 65 and older, in DeKalb County are up-to-date on their core set of clinical preventative services.
All of these variables above play an important role in the outcomes of your overall health.
The Health Standard Newswire.