Hearing loss is a major risk factor for developing dementia

A study looking at the modifiable risk factors that can cause dementia has found hearing loss in middle age is a major risk factor for developing dementia in later life.

It might sound rather strange but the researchers have an excellent explanation for this.

Hearing loss can deny people a cognitively rich environment and lead to social isolation and depression. Both these are also risk factors for dementia.

The study found a number of risk factors for developing dementia that we can ALL do something about. Here are a the other recommended ways to reduce your risks of developing dementia in later life:

  • Stop smoking
  • Exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Seek early treatment for depression

This probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise as we all are becoming increasingly aware of how important lifestyle and mental health is at determining our overall health.

However you might be surprised to hear that almost 1/10th of the risk of developing dementia is down to not looking after our ears and hearing properly. Hearing actually turned out to be the most major risk factor determined in this study.

Take care of those ears!

Dr Claudia

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