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The connection between hearing loss and Alzheimer’s Disease

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and a recent study published in The Lancet Public Health finds that older adults at greater risk of dementia may be able to decrease their risk of cognitive decline by nearly half. How? By using hearing aids. 

Frank Lin, MD, PhD, discusses his findings here. “The clinical takeaway is that almost anyone with hearing loss as an older adult should get their hearing checked and address hearing issues if there are any,” says Lin. 

It’s about more than hearing aids, though. “The other big part is the audiologist who’s there to help the person, support their use of devices, convince people that hearing aids can help them, show them how to use it, and customize it for their lifestyle,” says Lin. “Not everyone needs that level of service, but for a lot of people in their 70s and 80s, who may not be as familiar with technology, those audiological support services are key.” 

Are you or a loved one experiencing hearing loss? Let Dr. Kelly Gessert and Integrity Hearing help you reconnect with the ones you love. Schedule a consultation today. In Troy, call 636.528.4433. In Hermann, call 636.728.8840.