Lately, a lot of studies have proved a co-relation between hearing loss and cognitive functions of the
body. This is why Better Hearing institute has been asking everyone to undergo hearing tests to find out
the existence of any amount of hearing loss right at the initial stage.
BHI has been spreading awareness on the issue of Dementia and its link with hearing loss while stressing
on the importance of correcting hearing loss as early as possible. Sadly, around 40 million people in the
United States suffer from some degree of hearing loss and most of them do not even realize it.
Although the researches are yet to find the reason of the link between dementia and hearing loss, we
know one thing for sure – this is true and thus, it should not be ignored.
One of the first solid proof stating the decline in cognitive abilities in people suffering from hearing loss
was published in a 2013 research. The study was led by Johns Hopkins otologist and epidemiologist
Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D. and successfully demonstrated how adult people suffering from hearing issues
had a hard time remembering or thinking as compared to the adults in the same age group but without
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As per Johns Hopkins, the volunteers underwent repetitive cognitive ability tests for 6 continuous years
and the ones with a hearing problem showed a decline of almost 40% more when compared to the
volunteers who did not have a hearing loss over the same period of time. The researchers also found out
that volunteers who suffered from higher degree of hearing loss, struggled more with usual body
Another study conducted before the above study by Lin found that adults who suffered from hearing
loss were more likely to develop dementia. This 2011 study also established the same facts, that is,
higher the hearing loss, worse was the condition of dementia.