New Study Suggests Hearing Aids May Reduce Risk of Dementia

A recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests that use of a hearing aid by seniors with hearing loss can reduce the risk of dementia, The Washington Post reports. University of Michigan researchers examined managed-care insurance claims from 114,862 adults 66 years or older with hearing loss, finding that those prescribed a hearing aid had significantly lower rates of dementia, depression and falls than those who didn’t get the devices. The study considered only data on existing health outcomes, rather than testing the effects of a hearing aid, and did not speculate whether hearing problems can actually cause dementia.

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