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Study: Early use of hearing aids can lower other risks for seniors

Posted January 18, 2021 2:03 p.m. EST
Updated January 19, 2021 3:53 p.m. EST

Notice loved ones who are having a hard time hearing you? It could indicate a bigger problem.

A new study out of the University of Michigan shows hearing loss could be a clue to the bigger issue and how hearing aids could help.

The study found that older people who received hearing aids within three years of being diagnosed with hearing loss had lower rates of dementia, depression and even falls than those who did not get hearing aids.

“It’s too early to say definitively whether using hearing aids can reduce your risk of cognitive decline," said Catherine Roberts, Consumer Reports’ health editor. "But using them can help improve how you understand and respond to other people."

Some common red flags someone may have a hearing issue: they watch television really loud, they frequently ask people to repeat themselves, or they miss parts of phone conversations.

Hearing could also be impacted by an infection, earwax buildup or a damaged eardrum.

It’s definitely something to get checked out as soon as you notice any of the warning signs.

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