People can now expect to live longer than ever before. Yet as we live longer lives, it’s important that we age well and continue to live healthy lives. Hearing well plays a vital role in this.
Hearing loss has been directly linked to several chronic disabling conditions such as cognitive decline, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, risk of falling and more. Dementia, in particular, presents an immense challenge as global populations age. In 2015, there were 47 million people with dementia worldwide, and this number will jump significantly to about 66 million by 2030, and 115 million by 2050.
It’s been proven. The relationship between hearing health and overall health is real. The good news is that growing research shows that treating hearing loss can improve or limit the risk of some of these serious conditions. A 25-year-long study published in 2015 found that hearing aid use reduced the risk of cognitive decline associated with hearing loss. And in 2017, researchers reported that treating hearing loss in midlife is the single greatest change a person can make to lower their risk of dementia.
¹ Hearing aid wearers have an easier time socialising and enjoying group activities. This can help stave off potential dementia by keeping the brain busy. Music listening also boosts cognitive functions such as attention, communication and memory. ² Hearing aids – especially those offering wireless audio streaming – allow listeners to enjoy those positive health benefits.
Today’s hearing aids, such as Livio AI, not only help treat hearing loss but are specifically designed to help people achieve good cognitive health by monitoring their overall health and wellbeing. Integrated sensors and artificial intelligence inside the hearing aids detect movement, activities and different gestures to provide realtime feedback about overall body and cognitive fitness. This cutting edge technology allows people to take a proactive and personal approach to treating hearing loss, which has been linked to dementia, cognitive decline and social isolation.
¹ Frankish, H. & Horton, R. (2017, July). Dementia prevention, intervention and care. The Lancet, 390(10113).
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³ Cruz, J., Brooks, D., & Marques, A. (2014). Impact of feedback on physical activity levels of individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease during pulmonary rehabilitation: A feasibility study. Chronic Respiratory Disease, 11(4), 191-198.