Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic health conditions affecting older adults today. Individuals with hearing loss more often experience symptoms like depression and some social isolation. Evidence has shown that older adults with hearing loss have developed decreased cognitive performance. Mild cognitive impairment (also known as MCI) is the stage between the expected decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia. It can include problems with memory, thinking, language, and judgment.

A new study has shown that older adults wearing hearing aids has reduced cognitive decline that has been associated with hearing loss. This may motivate older adults with hearing loss to finally seek professional care. It followed 3,670 adults, age 65 and older over a 25-year period.