Untreated or diagnosed Hearing Loss in Seniors Means More Isolation, Study Finds

July 24, 2017 by Raji Parangad

A recent study at University of British Columbia did a study on seniors aged 60 to 69 to examine the impact of diagnosed or untreated hearing issues. Result indicated that for every 10dB drop in hearing sensitivity the odds of social isolation increased by 52%. This was also associated with a cognitive decline equivalent to almost four years of chronological aging. Social isolation has been shown to have similar impacts on mortality rates as smoking and alcohol consumption. Studies continue to investigate if interventions such as regular hearing screening programs similar to those that are in place for young children could positively impact health outcomes for Senior citizens. For more information contact Raji Parangad at ‘My Audiologist’… your local hearing health professional…on 07 3446 5845

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