If you needed another reason to treat your hearing loss, we’ve found it.

People who are socially isolated have been found to experience a 26% increase in the likelihood of developing dementia, according to a recently published study in the journal Neurology.
MRI data from over 30,000 people in the United Kingdom was analyzed by researchers at the University of Warwick, University of Cambridge, and Fudan University. Participants were asked three questions: whether they lived with others; whether they had visits with friends or family at least once a month; and whether they participated in social activities such as clubs, meetings, or volunteer work at least once a week. 
Those who answered ‘no’ to at least two questions were considered socially isolated for the purposes of the study.  These socially isolated participants showed a low volume of gray matter in their temporal, frontal, and other brain regions associated with cognition, memory, and learning.
The study also found that the self-reported feeling of loneliness, whether or not the participant was physically isolated, was a risk factor in itself.
Study co-author Barbara J. Sahakian of the University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry says, “Now that we know the risk to brain health and dementia of social isolation, it is important that the government and communities take action to ensure that older individuals have communication and interactions with others on a regular basis.” 

Hearing Tests For Evaluating Hearing Loss

If you, or someone you love, is avoiding social situations or withdrawing from conversations and activities previously enjoyed, please consider a hearing test and treatment of any hearing loss.  So much more is at stake than just a misheard word or two.