Depression and Dementia

​Condition  

Feeling of depression and withdrawing from others:

  • Feeling of frustration or embarrassment about not understanding what is being said.
  • Being mistakenly thought to be confused, unresponsive, or uncooperative
  • Research has indicated that hearing loss may impact cognition and dementia risk in older adults.

 

Clinical Studies  

Several studies on dementia in older adults with hearing loss:

  • More likely to develop dementia than older adults with normal hearing.

  • Relationship between level of uncorrected hearing loss and level of dementia risk: mild hearing loss was associated with a 2X increase in risk; moderate hearing loss with a 3X increase in risk, and severe hearing loss with a 5X increase in risk.

  • Cognitive abilities (including memory and concentration) declined faster in older adults with hearing loss, as compared to older adults with normal hearing.

  • Ongoing studies to better understand relationship between age-related hearing loss and cognition and dementia.

Prevention

  • Hearing loss is considered a modifiable risk factor for dementia.

  • Hearing protection, screening, and use of hearing aids encouraged as strategies to mitigate this potential risk factor​.

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