Cognitive Decline: Study Results
Data results showed that:
- Seniors with mild hearing loss had a 30 percent higher risk of subsequent loss in memory and thinking.
- Those with moderate hearing loss showed a 42 percent higher risk.
- Seniors who reported severe hearing loss, showed showed a 54 percent higher risk.
Subjective cognitive specifically refers to a decline in memory and thinking that is, at first, only noticed by the person themselves. Such changes can be an early indication of a decline that objective performance tests don’t pick up on.
According to these researchers, hearing loss can be an early marker indicating the beginnings of memory and thinking loss, eventually leading to dementia.
They conclude that these hearing tests may help identify individuals at greater risk for cognitive decline. Early intervention may reverse or halt the decline and improve long term quality of life.