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Protect Your Brain, Wear Hearing Aids Now

Sometimes, health care is approached as though the body’s systems are separate mechanical parts. Have vision trouble? Get some glasses from an optometrist. Struggling to hear well? Work with a doctor of audiology to receive a set of hearing aids or just muddle along. People can just speak up more, right?

However, that is far from the case. Our bodies are far more interlinked, and a health issue such as hearing loss can have far-reaching impacts. In fact, one of the most serious consequences of untreated hearing loss is the increased risk of dementia.

Hearing Loss And Cognitive Decline Are Connected

Your auditory system and your brain are closely linked. There is a great deal of research coming out concerning the connection between hearing loss and dementia, though some of the conclusions are in the early stages of research.

However, as this connection has become more clear, more researchers are looking into how to control for the cognitive decline risk factors that are associated with hearing loss. At this time, researchers have found that those who have untreated hearing loss are at a higher risk of cognitive decline than their peers who do not have untreated hearing loss.

There have been some initial claims that hearing aids can help mitigate the risk of dementia and overall cognitive decline. But, there were not any dedicated studies looking into the matter specifically until very recently.

Hearing Aid Use Can Reduce Dementia Risks

A two-year study conducted by the University of Exeter and King’s College London specifically looked at how hearing aid users performed on cognitive tests compared to participants who had hearing loss but were non-hearing aid users.

During these annual cognitive tests, the participants with hearing aids performed better on these tests, which measured things like attention and working memory. Hearing aid users also had faster reaction times, while non-hearing aid users struggled more with comprehension, recognition, and concentration.

How Do Hearing Aids Reduce Cognitive Decline

By now, you may be wondering how hearing aids can make such a significant difference in a person’s cognitive abilities. Well, the auditory system has a direct impact on the brain, as several regions of the brain that assist in sound processing.

Yet, when these regions do not receive as much input due to hearing loss, they can atrophy. MRI scans of the brains of those with hearing loss have shown that there is noticeable shrinkage when it comes to those with untreated hearing loss.

By using hearing aids, you can prevent the loss of brain matter and the accompanying cognitive decline. Also, with hearing aids, you can advert social isolation and head to the associated depression, which are other common side-effects of untreated hearing loss that can also contribute to the development of dementia.

So, with hearing aids properly fitted by our doctors of audiology, you can enjoy these benefits. But first, you need to take steps to have your hearing tested for hearing loss.

Test For Hearing Loss Early

Surprisingly, one of the lead researchers in the study stated that “We know that we could reduce dementia risk by a third if we all took action from mid life.”

One such action you can take to reduce your dementia risks it to have your hearing tested early by having annual diagnostic hearing evaluations. These evaluations are far more in-depth than simple hearing screenings you may have had before, as they check your frequency range, speech comprehension, and more.

It is recommended that you start having annual hearing evaluations in your late forties, early fifties. That way, hearing loss can be caught early, kept from progressing, and prevented from impacting your overall health in negative ways.

To schedule your diagnostic hearing evaluation, please contact us. We look forward to helping you achieve the best hearing health possible.

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