According to the National Institute on Aging, adults with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia than those who have normal hearing. More research must be done to find the precise connection between dementia and hearing loss, but recent Johns Hopkins research did make clear that the risk of dementia began to rise once hearing loss began to interfere with the ability to communicate. Those with just a mild hearing loss may be twice as likely to develop dementia, and those with hearing loss have demonstrated a 30-40 percent accelerated rate of cognitive decline.
More than 47 million people across the globe are living with dementia, according to the World Health Organization, with cases expected to more than triple by 2050. However, when you take proactive steps toward protecting your hearing health, you may also reduce your risk of serious cognitive disease.