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Hearing Loss and Dementia

Hearing Loss and Dementia

“The more hearing loss you have, the greater the likelihood of developing Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease. Hearing Aids could delay or prevent dementia by improving the patients’ hearing.” – Hopkins Report

 

Can you help prevent Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease?

One of these causes, unbeknownst to many, may commonly be hearing loss.  Recent studies conducted at the University of Washington’s Department of Medicine found that out of 100 patients with Alzheimer’s, 83 patients had a hearing loss.  Once fit with hearing aids, a third of those patients were classified with a less severe case of dementia.  

So how is hearing loss related to Alzheimer’s?

Well, hearing loss actually plays a large role in brain function and stimulating brain activity in processing sounds.  The term ‘auditory deprivation’ refers to depriving the brain of stimulation from sounds.  For those with untreated hearing losses, the reduced ability to hear every day sounds may lead to reduced sound processing activity by the brain.  As the brain receives fewer sounds, it becomes less active in processing a person’s surroundings and recognizing speech.  

What can be done? 

The first step towards prevention is an easy one, have a hearing test to identify hearing loss.  In fact, the Michigan chapter of Self-Help for Hard of Hearing advocates for a hearing evaluation required prior to any Alzheimer’s diagnosis to determine impact and overlap with results of hearing loss.  

If you have any questions or would like a free consultation please let our friendly staff at Advanced Hearing Center help.  To book an appointment please fill out our Contact Us form or visit our Locations.

For more information on the John Hopkins study visit their website Here. 

 

Older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering.1

 

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The good news?

Studies also conclude that treating hearing loss can combat or delay many of these negative consequences — and lead to improved relationships, confidence and quality of life. 

With everything we know, there’s no reason to let hearing loss go untreated anymore. 

When you’re ready, we can help! 

Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

Not sure if you’re ready to treat your hearing loss yet? 

Then download our Six Steps to Better Hearing Guide. In this FREE guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know when you are to hear better and live better, including:

  • How to confirm you have hearing loss
  • Common signs and causes of hearing loss
  • Why it’s important to treat hearing loss sooner rather than later
  • Where to go and who to see to get help

Download this FREE guide today

 

SOURCES:
1http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/ hearing_loss_accelerates_brain_function_decline_in_older_adults | 2http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_and_dementia_linked_in_study | 3http://www.hopkinsmedicine.
org/news/media/releases/ hearing_loss_linked_to_accelerated_brain_tissue_loss_ | 4http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/ hearing_loss_accelerates_brain_function_decline_in_older_adults | 5Amieva, H., Ouvrard, C., Giulioli, C., Meillon C.,
Rullier, L., & Dartigues, J. F. (2015). Self-reported hearing loss, hearing aids, and cognitive decline in elderly adults: A 25-year study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Oct;63 (10):2099-104. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13649.