Untreated Hearing Loss and Dementia
We know active lifestyles, reading, and exercising can help combat dementia but did you know that treating hearing loss with hearing aids can help? Many recent studies have confirmed that age-related hearing loss is a biomarker for cognitive decline and it is seen as a MODIFIABLE risk factor. This means there is something you can do about it, how lucky are we that we live in a time that we can help prevent this terrible disease?!
In the largest review to date, a meta-analysis reviewed 40 studies from 12 countries and found conclusively that an association was found between age- related hearing loss and cognitive function. (Lougherey et. al., 2017)
Hearing loss can affect your cognitive function and worsen social isolation, depression, and overall brain overload (deciphering what was said instead of focusing on content). The extra time it takes you to follow what is being said in a conversation can really add up, and this can harm your brain.
Hearing aids for treatment of hearing loss is a step we can take in the battle against dementia, and the solutions offered today are smarter and more discrete than ever. Make an appointment today to meet with one of our audiologists for a full auditory evaluation and consultation.