Hearing care is health care™
There is a relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Studies suggest that older people with hearing loss are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and hearing loss can be associated with a faster rate of cognitive decline*. Why is this?
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The Connections between Hearing Loss and Dementia
It’s a well-known fact that, as we get older, we tend to experience some level of decline in our cognitive ability. For some of us it may be mild, and for others more serious.
Although a normal part of aging, typical issues tend to pop up, including forgetting details, taking longer to learn new things, and difficulty concentrating or focusing. We might not be able to stop it — but recent and emerging studies tell us that we may be able to slow it down.
The great news is that understanding the link between hearing loss and brain fitness can help you get started on the road to better overall health.
Researchers have several theories:
- One has to do with cognitive load. With untreated hearing loss, the brain gets overworked by constantly straining to understand speech and sound.
- An overworked brain does not work efficiently.
- Another has to do with brain structure. Brain cells can shrink from lack of stimulation, including the parts of the brain that receive and process sound.
- The last theory is social isolation. When a person has trouble hearing conversations and socializing, they may prefer staying home instead. However, the more isolated a person becomes, the less stimuli their brain receives.