Hearing loss and dementia

hearingHow is hearing loss and dementia connected?

Many studies have shown a link between hearing loss and dementia. Luckily, quick treatment of hearing loss can help to reduce the onset of dementia.

How is hearing loss linked to dementia?

There are many ways the dementia and hearing loss are intrinsically connected.

  1.  Cognitive load:  If you have hearing loss, your brain must work much harder to process conversation and sound.  This takes away vital resources to perform other cognitive activity.
  2. Social isolation:  Those who cannot hear well tend to socially isolate themselves more often.  This has been linked to decreased cognitive processing skills and dementia.
  3. Brain decline:  Simply put, because your brain does not have as many signals to process, it starts to decline in function.

Researchers most often credit the combination of the 3 in the relationship between hearing loss and dementia.

Hearing aids can reduce the risk of dementia

Hearing aids are the most effective way to reduce age-related hearing loss. It is estimated that use of hearing aids can prevent up to 9% of the worldwide dementia cases.

Protect your hearing at all costs!

Use hearing protection such as ear plugs or ear muffs when you plan on being around loud noises such as a concert or shooting range.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Reduce unnecessary fat and carbohydrate intake, quit smoking, and stay social.

Hearing loss may be sudden or creep up on you over time.  This is why it is important to have your annual checkup.

What Is Dementia?

Dementia is a generic word for a loss of capacity to recall, think, or make judgments that interferes with daily tasks. The most frequent form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is not a normal aspect of aging, even though it usually affects older people.

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