Dementia and Hearing Loss Linked
Better Hearing May Help Reduce the Likelihood of Dementia & Alzheimer's
"Hearing aids could delay or prevent dementia by improving patients' hearing"
-Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging
A recent study by Johns Hopkins Medicine and the National Institute of Aging report a correlation between untreated hearing loss and the development of dementia and Alzheimer's.
The main cause for concern relates to a term called 'auditory deprivation' which means that instead of the brain actively processing sounds throughout the day, the decrease in sounds, due to hearing loss, reduces this stimulation of the brain. The reduction of brain activity from processing sounds and comprehending speech may play a big factor in the development of dementia in many cases.
"Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing"
Untreated hearing loss can have an impact on more than just communication abilities and relationships, it now is also is being reported that it is linked to the increased development of dementia. Treating hearing loss with the use of hearing aids can be a very important step towards delaying or preventing dementia. We recommend that anyone experiencing hearing loss, or for a loved one, to take the important first step in addressing the issue by scheduling an appointment for a complimentary hearing consultation.