Older Adults Who Got Hearing Aids At Lesser Risk Of Dementia, Depression And Falls, Study Indicates.

September 7, 2019

MarketWatch (9/7, Albrecht) reported a study published Thursday by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that “people age 66 and older who got a hearing aid shortly after being diagnosed with hearing loss were less likely to receive a first-time diagnosis of dementia or depression, or be injured by a fall.” The study found that “people who got hearing aids had an 18% lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, within three years of their hearing loss diagnosis.” Additionally, “the risk of a depression diagnosis was 11% lower and the risk of being injured in a fall was 13% lower.” Although “their insurance covered part of the cost, only 12% of the people in the Michigan study got hearing aids after they were diagnosed with hearing loss.”

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