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Understanding the Link Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Health: Insights from the Achieve Study

Posted at 1:49 PM, Mar 22, 2024

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As the number of adults with dementia continues to rise, recent research has shed light on the crucial connection between good hearing and maintaining cognitive sharpness. Dr. Vicky Sanchez, one of the principal investigators of the Achieve Study from the University of South Florida, joined ISF to discuss these groundbreaking findings.

The Achieve Study stands as the first large-scale, long-term randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of hearing intervention, particularly with hearing aids, on brain and overall health outcomes. Dr. Sanchez reveals that participants at increased risk of cognitive decline who received hearing intervention experienced a reduction in cognitive decline. This suggests that treating hearing loss could potentially preserve thinking and memory abilities as individuals age.

Dr. Sanchez emphasizes the importance of raising awareness about the significance of good hearing for overall health. The study aims to influence healthcare providers to consider hearing as a vital aspect of well-being, prompting them to inquire about hearing concerns and refer patients for hearing evaluations and appropriate treatment when necessary.

The findings of the Achieve Study hold significance for all Americans, regardless of their hearing status. Dr. Sanchez underscores the importance of regular hearing check-ups to monitor hearing health and protect against potential hearing loss. For those with hearing impairment, seeking evaluation and following recommended treatment can optimize hearing capabilities.

Dr. Sanchez explains that ongoing research aims to deepen our understanding of the relationship between hearing and brain function. Hearing loss may contribute to cognitive load, causing structural changes in the brain and social isolation, all of which can negatively impact cognitive health. Hearing intervention could mitigate these effects by reducing cognitive load, preserving brain structure, and fostering social connections.

For those seeking further insights into the Achieve Study, visit AchieveStudy.org. Additionally, Phonak.com/cognition offers valuable information on the relationship between hearing aids and cognition.

This Inside South Florida segment is sponsored by Phonak.

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