New research finds that cochlear implants in older people not only help with hearing loss but may also improve thinking, mood and — most significantly — memory.
In a study published March 12, French researcher Isabelle Mosnier, of Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris examined the effect of cochlear implants on elderly patients, ages 65 to 85, with profound hearing loss.
Previous research has found older people with severe to profound hearing loss are at greater risk for cognitive decline and dementia than those with normal hearing. The more severe the loss, the greater the risk. Researchers don’t know why this is, or whether one causes the other.
So far no large-scale research has determined whether using hearing aids offsets the risk, but a recent French study, using cochlear implants, found marked improvements in three areas: speech perception, quality of life (depression) and cognitive performance.
To read the full blog post, which appeared on AARP online, and about possible explanations for these promising findings, go to the full article: Cochlear Implants Shown to Reverse Cognitive Decline