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Hearing Loss and Dementia

Hearing Loss and Dementia

Have You Noticed A Change In Your Ability to Remember?

 

“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.

 

Treat hearing loss before it's too late.

 

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

 

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Treating hearing loss can help.

If you let mild, moderate or severe hearing loss go untreated, research shows you're more likely to develop dementia. But treating hearing loss with hearing aids has been shown to help. Call us, or fill out the contact us form to schedule an appointment 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.