Hearing & Dementia
Medical investigators have uncovered a relationship between hearing loss, Alzheimer’s Disease, and dementia.
The risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s increases as hearing decreases. A hearing loss of greater than 25 decibels puts you at risk. In one study, the participants over the age of 60 had a 36 percent risk of dementia due to hearing loss.
How hearing and dementia are connected
Researchers aren’t exactly sure how hearing loss and the risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s is connected.
We do know that hearing loss can lead to isolation and loneliness. Real or perceived feelings of loneliness are linked to poor cognitive performance and quicker cognitive decline.
The strain of decoding sounds can be exhausting. Some researchers believe this strain eventually overwhelms the brains of people with hearing loss, leaving them vulnerable to dementia. Other researchers are looking for possible sources of a common pathology.
While we don’t understand why hearing and dementia are connected, we do know that providing a natural hearing experience keeps the brain engaged and combats loneliness and isolation.
Do hearing aids help?
When hearing loss occurs gradually, you may not even notice it. Almost 80 percent of people with tinnitus have undiagnosed hearing loss. While studies are underway to further explore the connection between hearing and dementia, you can take positive action to protect yourself today.
An annual hearing evaluation by Advantage Hearing & Audiology can be your first line of defense against dementia. Diagnosing and treating hearing loss early can slow or even halt its progression. We have the state-of-the-art equipment and techniques necessary to expertly identify hearing loss.
If you need hearing aids, we offer a wide range of styles and price points. We offer a 60-day, risk-free trial to take the worry out of buying hearing aids and have financing available.
If you suspect you have hearing loss, take action early to improve your quality of life and peace of mind.