The utilization of hearing aids is linked to a significant 19% decrease in the risk of long-term cognitive decline.

Cognitive Decline and Hearing Loss: Unveiling the Alarming Data

by | Feb 25, 2024 | Hearing Loss

The overlap of cognitive decline and hearing loss is a subject of growing concern within the medical community. Recent studies have unearthed alarming data that underscores the urgent need for heightened awareness and proactive measures to address this issue. 

For individuals experiencing a hearing loss, understanding the potential impact on cognitive health is critical. This article focuses on the latest research findings, shedding light on the undeniable link between hearing impairment and an increased risk of cognitive decline. 

The Landmark Study: A Global Perspective 

A pivotal piece of research that has captured attention worldwide was highlighted in a comprehensive article by CNN Health in December 2022. 

This groundbreaking study, led by a team of esteemed medical professionals, Brian Sheng Yep Yeo, MBBS; Harris Jun Jie Muhammad Danial Song, MBBS; and Emma Min Shuen Toh, MBBS, and published in JAMA Neurology, embarked on an exhaustive examination of the correlation between untreated hearing loss and cognitive deterioration. 

Spanning across continents, the study synthesized data from 31 studies with a staggering 137,484 participants, offering a panoramic view of the issue at hand. 


Revelations from the Study 

The findings of this extensive research are both illuminating and hopeful. Key revelations include: 

  • Decrease in the risk of long-term cognitive decline. 19% 19%
  • Lower risk of progressing to full-blown dementia 20% 20%

Hearing Aid Usage and Cognitive Decline:


The study discovered that the utilization of hearing aids was linked to a significant 19% decrease in the risk of long-term cognitive decline. This insight is particularly poignant, emphasizing that interventions to improve hearing can also safeguard cognitive functions.

Impact on Mild Cognitive Impairment:


Remarkably, individuals at the initial stages of cognitive impairment also reaped benefits from using hearing aids. This subgroup experienced around a 20% lower risk of progressing to full-blown dementia, underscoring the message that it's never too late to take action.

Conclusive Message:


The research unequivocally supports the adoption of hearing aids and cochlear implants for those with a hearing loss. This proactive approach could be a game-changer in mitigating the risk of cognitive decline.

The Imperative of Hearing Health 

This extensive study serves as a call to prioritize hearing health alongside other routine health checks. With the prevalence of subjective cognitive decline (SCD) alarmingly high among older adults, integrating regular hearing assessments into our healthcare regimen is no longer optional but essential. 

Taking Action: Your Hearing, Your Cognition 

We stand at the forefront of addressing hearing loss with the latest diagnostic tools and treatment options. Our commitment to your auditory health is unwavering, driven by the understanding that preserving your hearing is intrinsically linked to maintaining your cognitive well-being. 

If the thought of cognitive decline concerns you, or if you’ve noticed changes in your hearing, we’re here to assist.

With accessible appointments for new patients, we invite you to take the first step toward safeguarding your hearing and cognitive health. 

Schedule Your Hearing Assessment Today 

Don’t let untreated hearing loss cast a shadow over your cognitive health. Contact Nanaimo Hearing Clinic to schedule a comprehensive hearing assessment. Together, we can chart a course toward improved hearing and cognitive vitality. 

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Hanan Merrill

Aside from enjoying a host of recreational and family activities, Hanan loves to help people solve problems. It really doesn’t matter whether he’s using his “handy” side to tinker with mechanical problems or his listening ear trained through years of experience as a pastor in a previous career…helping is what he enjoys doing. As a hearing instrument practitioner he enjoys the opportunity to get to know his clients in a relaxed atmosphere and to look for ways to minimize the effects of hearing loss. One of his greatest joys is when his clients report communicating easier, generally feeling more confident and relaxed, and in tune with life because of well tuned hearing devices.