Hearing aids might reduce dementia risk says research by Elham Mahmoudi, a 2019 Health Policy Fellow

November 21, 2019 | Consumer Reports, The Washington Post

Dr. Elham Mahmoudi studies the connection between hearing aids and dementia.“The new study also suggests using hearing aids might help delay the onset of dementia in some people, and it’s the largest study to date to look at this possible connection.”

CHRT Health Policy Fellow Dr. Elham Mahmoudi

Research by Elham Mahmoudi, a 2019 CHRT Health Policy Fellow, is cited in “Research into the health effects of hearing loss suggests hearing aids might reduce dementia risk” by Consumer Reports.

“For people with hearing loss, using a hearing aid is associated with a reduced risk of three common health problems of aging — dementia, depression, and falls — according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

This study adds to the growing body of research that links hearing loss to memory issues and dementia. “Cognitive decline is much higher among people with hearing loss,” says study author Elham Mahmoudi, an assistant professor in the Department of family medicine at the University of Michigan.”