There have been numerous reports confirming the association between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Age related hearing loss is common and can affect interpersonal communication, independence, health and quality of life. Hearing loss can lead to social isolation, depression, and cognitive impairment.
It is recommended that all individuals older than 50 years be screened for hearing loss. Fortunately, for those with hearing loss, numerous options for amplification(hearing aids) are available. New hearing aids are discrete, and barely visible when worn. Many hearing aids now come with smart phone apps and can be adjusted for use in different settings. Some use GPS, so will automatically go to the ideal noisy room setting when you arrive at your favorite restaurants!
Hearing loss is common, usually unavoidable, but very treatable. Hearing well will help to keep your mind sharp and improve your quality of life.