June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, so we’re exploring matters of the brain. The Hearing Loss Association of America has noted that ‘hearing loss may increase the risk of cognitive problems and even dementia.’ So is hearing loss a sign of dementia?
Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects your brain. A group of symptoms that are caused by diseases of the brain are known as Dementia. These symptoms could include problems with memory, thinking, language, problem solving and perception.
70% of dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s disease. It is a serious health concern. Approximately 1 in 6 women and 1 in 10 men over 55 years of age will develop dementia. It can, however, affect people of all ages.
Untreated hearing loss can put a lot of strain on your brain. If you’ve ever felt mentally tired after a period of time in a loud environment, you’ve experienced brain fatigue. The extra stress on your brain can have surprising results. A John Hopkins study identified that the risk of dementia increased depending on the severity of hearing loss:
In addition to the added cognitive load on your brain, these are other ways that an untreated hearing loss may increase your risk of developing dementia:
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), “15% of American adults (37.5 million) aged 18 and over report some trouble hearing.” But many with a hearing loss will wait 10 years before seeking treatment!
Regular hearing assessments are the best way to stay on top of your baseline hearing. Identifying a hearing loss early on can minimize the impact on your life and your overall well-being. It’s important to protect your hearing to help protect your brain. If you want to learn more or book in a hearing assessment, get in touch today. Please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing professionals today. We have 6 convenient audiology clinic locations for you in Long Island, NY: Babylon, Bayside, Bellmore, Great Neck, Jericho, and Rockville Centre.
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