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Posted on April 21, 2016 by Christine Crosby in cost, dementia, Hear.com, hearing aids, hearing loss

The Unaffordable Cost of Hearing Loss

Would you invest money in a product that can help you live longer? Two recently published studies may help answer that question for you.


Cognitive Decline

A recent study[1] published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society discovered a direct correlation between hearing loss and accelerated cognitive decline. Researchers observed 3,670 adults with hearing loss, age 65 and older, during a 25-year period. The results indicated a significant cognitive decline in people with untreated hearing loss. However, people with hearing aids showed the same decline rate as people with normal hearing. In other words, cognitive decline is greater in older adults with untreated hearing loss, but “hearing aid use attenuates such decline.”

High Mortality Rates

Another study[2] from Johns Hopkins University concluded that hearing loss could have a dangerous consequence – high mortality rates. In this study, 1,666 adults age 70 and over were assessed and categorized into three groups: No hearing loss, mild hearing loss, and moderate to severe hearing loss. The results showed a 39% increased risk of mortality in participants with moderate to severe hearing loss. Participants with mild hearing loss, however, had a 21% increase, compared to people with normal hearing.

Hearing Aids: A Life-Enhancing Investment

What both studies establish is the need to address your hearing loss before it’s too late. In fact, Johns Hopkins researcher Kevin Contrera notes, “hearing loss can impact nearly every facet of life… As the population ages, it becomes increasingly important to appropriately identify and treat patients whenever possible.” Thankfully, hearing aids are designed to compensate for hearing loss and return the joy of sound back to your ears – and brain. Individuals who wear hearing aids tend to be more socially active, which helps stimulate the brain and improve comprehension.

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Remember: the price of a hearing aid will never be as high as the cost of untreated hearing loss. Invest in your health today!

[1] Amieva, H., Ouvrard, C., Giulioli, C., Meillon, C., Rullier, L., & Dartigues, J. (2015). Self-Reported Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids, and Cognitive Decline in Elderly Adults: A 25-Year Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society J Am Geriatr Soc, 63(10), 2099-2104.
[2] Contrera, K. J., Betz, J., Genther, D. J., & Lin, F. R. (2015). Association of Hearing Impairment and Mortality in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, 1.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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