Study suggests that improved hearing enhances quality of life in cases of moderate dementia

Editor’s note:  This post was updated February 9, 2015, to reflect a revised news release issued by Unitron on February 5, replacing its original release of January 29. PLYMOUTH, MN—For several years, scientists have been aware of evidence that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain…

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BHI urges adults to get their hearing tested to protect their mental health

WASHINGTON, DC—Researchers have found that untreated hearing loss and the ensuing communication difficulties and social isolation are correlated with increased incidence of depression and other mental health issues. That’s why in observance of World Mental Health Day 2014, October 10, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging adults of all ages to get their hearing…

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New study finds that when hearing loss goes untreated, the cost is astronomical

By David H. Kirkwood LONDON–A report issued July 9 by the British Commission on Hearing Loss further confirms the enormous economic toll that untreated hearing loss takes on those with the condition–as well as the rest of society. It also explores why in the United Kingdom, where hearing aids are free, only 20% of the…

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Scientists see link between hearing loss and accelerated shrinkage of brain tissue

BALTIMORE, MD—Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging have found a correlation between hearing loss in older adults and a faster rate of shrinkage of the brain than occurs among people of the same age with better hearing. For their study, published in the journal NeuroImage, Frank Lin, MD, PhD, and…

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Researchers find hearing loss linked to faster cognitive decline in older adults

BALTIMORE–A study that followed nearly 2000 older Americans for more than a decade found that those with hearing loss had 30%-40% greater annual declines on measures of cognitive function than did those whose hearing was normal. Senior author Frank R. Lin, MD, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and nine…

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