VARIOUS NATIONAL MEDIA: Hearing and visual aids linked to slower age-related memory loss

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Release date: 11/10/2018

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Hearing aids and cataract surgery are strongly linked to a slower rate of age-related cognitive decline, according to new research by University of Manchester academics.

According to Dr Piers Dawes and Dr Asri Maharani, cognitive decline- which affects memory and thinking skills- is slowed after patient’s hearing and sight are improved.

https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/hearing-and-visual-aids-linked-to-slower-age-related-memory-loss/

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TitleHearing aids slow dementia by '75%', new study finds
Media name/outletThe Telegraph
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date11/10/18
DescriptionWearing a hearing aid can slow the progress of dementia by up to 75 per cent, according to a new study.

Scientists believe that keeping older people engaged and active by adopting the devices can significantly reduce age-related cognitive decline.

They followed the progress of 2,040 individuals between 1996 and 2014, asking them to complete word memory tests at various stages and monitoring the rate of decline before and after getting a hearing aid.

The research team found that while the aids did not halt or reverse cognitive decline, they slowed it down by three-quarters, meanwhile in a separate group of 2,068 who underwent cataract surgery, decline slowed by around half.
URLhttps://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/10/11/hearing-aids-slow-dementia-75-new-study-finds/
PersonsPiers Dawes, Asri Maharani
TitleHearing aids and cataract surgery may prevent dementia: 'Exciting' research shows the treatments halt the rate of cognitive decline by up to 75%
Media name/outletMail Online
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date11/10/18
DescriptionDementia could be prevented by simply wearing a hearing aid or having surgery to improve eyesight, two major research studies have suggested.

While no drug has yet been created to prevent the deterioration of mental faculties, undergoing cataract surgery was found to halve the rate of cognitive decline in a study of more than 5,000 people.

Wearing a hearing aid had an even bigger effect, reducing the decline in memory and thinking skills by more than 75 per cent.
URLhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6267037/Hearing-aids-cataract-surgery-prevent-dementia.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
PersonsPiers Dawes, Asri Maharani

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TitleHearing aids and ops for cataracts ‘slows rate of memory loss by up to three quarters’
Media name/outletThe Sun
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date12/10/18
DescriptionHEARING aids and cataract surgery can slow down the rate of memory loss by up to three quarters, according to a new study.

Researchers found cognitive decline - which affects memory and thinking skills - is slowed after patient's hearing and sight are improved.
URLhttps://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7476079/hearing-aids-slow-memory-loss/
PersonsPiers Dawes, Asri Maharani

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