According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute on Aging, “seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.”
Researchers are still investigating the reason for this connection, but their interpretation of the study suggests “the strain of decoding sounds over the years may overwhelm the brains of people with hearing loss, leaving them more vulnerable to dementia.”
HearingLoss.com recommends maintaining regular hearing evaluations, and, when hearing difficulties are detected, wearing hearing aids.
Using hearing technology to improve a person’s listening lifestyle can ease the strain of interpreting speech in noise, allowing someone with hearing difficulties to:
• Follow conversations more easily
• Understand what people say with less effort
• Understand the television with greater ease
How long has it been since your last appointment?Remember: the earlier a hearing difficulty is detected and diagnosed, the more effectively you can create treatment strategies and identify the appropriate technology that will get you back to you living your life the way you want to live it.