Overview of dementia
Whats brain health got to do with it?
Person centred dementia care- IN PROGRESS

Risk factors in midlife- Hearing loss

Hearing loss

One study followed 639 people for 12 years and found that mild hearing loss doubled dementia risk, moderate tripled the risk and people who had a severe hearing impairment were five time more likely to develop dementia (Lin et al., 2011).

Do hearing aids reduce the risk?

Hearing aids help people who use them and data from long term prospective studies suggest hearing aid use is protective (Livingstone et al., 2020), however hearing loss might result in cognitive decline through a loss of cognitive stimulation and increased social isolation (Livingstone et al., 2020; Lin et al., 2011).