Researchers examined data on 7,385 adults 50 and older without a diagnosis of dementia or other conditions tied to cognitive problems and without hearing implants or ear infections. Overall, about 41% had a mild hearing loss, 10% had a severe hearing loss, and 11% used a hearing aid.
While age-related hearing loss has been linked to cognitive decline. The study suggests hearing aids may help minimize the risk of problems like impaired memory or executive function. People in the study who used hearing aids, however, were very different from those who did not use these devices.
The study was published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.