According to a new study from the USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, adults with hearing loss who regularly use hearing aids have a 24% lower risk of early death than those who never wear them. The findings, published in The Lancet Healthy Longevity, suggest that hearing aids may play a protective role in the health of people with hearing loss.

Previous research has shown that untreated hearing loss can result in a reduced life span, as well as other poor outcomes such as social isolation, depression and dementia. However, until now, there has been very little research examining if the use of hearing aids can reduce the risk of death. The study represents the most comprehensive analysis to date on the relationship between hearing loss, hearing aid use and mortality in the United States.

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