Hearing aids are more effective than education at reducing cognitive decline in highly selected elders but not the general population

Clinical Question

Do hearing aids improve cognition in the elderly?

Bottom line

The main reasons to use hearing aids are to improve hearing, communication, and quality of life. Overall, in this study, hearing aids had no effect on cognition except in a highly select subgroup of elders who were already participating in a longitudinal cohort study of cardiovascular health. 2b

Study design: Randomized controlled trial (nonblinded)

Funding: Government

Setting: Population-based

Reviewer

Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Professor
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI


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ARUP KUMAR DHARA

Impact assessment

Excellent

Anonymous

HEARING AID AND COGNATIVE FUNCTIONS

GOOD TO KNOW