Recent studies show a 94% correlation between hearing loss and Dementia.

Elderly couple talking with hearing aids

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a mental disease that affects older adults, causing difficulty in:

  • memory
  • communication
  • the ability to focus
  • judgment
  • sight

A 2011 study found that volunteers with hearing loss had cognitive abilities that declined 30 to 40 percent faster than those with normal hearing. Frank Lin, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, proposes that the reason there is a cognitive decline in older adults is that the brain devotes too much energy to processing sounds, therefore neglecting other brain functions that deal with memory and reasoning. Essentially, experiencing hearing loss drastically speeds up cognitive decline. If left untreated, it may lead to dementia or other neurodegenerative diseases.

Prevention

Only 15 percent of people with hearing loss buy a hearing aid, causing them to neglect the issue and struggle down the road with listening and communicating. With a hearing aid, patients can improve their cognitive function by 50 percent just within a year.

The best methods to counter dementia is to utilize:

  • physical exercise and diet
  • social engagement
  • quality sleep
  • hearing aids

To prevent you or a loved one from experiencing permanent hearing loss, schedule an appointment for a consultation today, click here!


 

Sources:
 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3277836/
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_and_dementia_linked_in_study
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