The association between dementia and hearing loss is recognised and services are provided to diagnose and treat hearing loss in those with dementia.
You should have access to hearing tests to diagnose any hearing loss, and appropriate services to provide and maintain hearing aids.
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Dementia Wellbeing Plan for Greater Manchester; Dementia United
Printable Medication Leaflets GMMH
Weblink: Printable leaflets: https://www.choiceandmedication.org/gmmh/printable-leaflets/
Understanding hearing and sight problems and their link to dementia: Leaflet
People with dementia are more likely to have hearing and/or sight impairment than people of a similar age without dementia.
Some people with dementia can have problems with perceiving sights and sounds, which are caused by the brain rather than their eyes or ears.
Talking Sense Online
Hearing loss is associated with an increased incidence of dementia. It is estimated that among people with mild to moderate hearing loss, the incidence of dementia is double that of people with normal hearing, and that the ratio increases to 5 times that of people with normal hearing in those with severe hearing loss. The cause of this association is unknown; there may be common factors causing both dementia and hearing loss, such as lifestyle, genetic susceptibility, environmental factors or age-related factors such as cardiovascular disease. Hearing loss may cause dementia either directly (for example, neuroplastic changes caused by hearing deprivation or increased listening demands) or indirectly via social isolation and depression (which are known be associated with cognitive decline and dementia) (NICE (2018) NG98: Hearing loss in adults: assessment and management). Hearing impairment has been identified as one the 12 modifiable risk factors for dementia Dementia prevention, intervention, and care: 2020 report of the Lancet Commission.
NICE consider referring adults with diagnosed dementia or mild cognitive impairment to an audiology service for a hearing assessment every 2 years if they have not previously been diagnosed with hearing loss (NICE (2018) NG98: Hearing loss in adults: assessment and management).