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Hearing loss can develop at any age, and can result from many different factors including noise exposure and illness, but the most common type of hearing loss is age-related. Adults who develop hearing loss as they get older are seen to be much more likely to develop dementia that their peers who do not have hearing loss.
Dementia is characterized by memory loss, and the precise reason for the connection with hearing loss is unknown. However, it is suggested that the brain has to work harder to decode sound signals, which can put the brain under greater pressure, leading to overwhelm. Experts also suggest that hearing loss can be an isolating condition, which could mean that a lack of social opportunities and interactions could lead to under stimulation of the brain.
How Can Hearing Aids Help With Dementia?
The good news is that if you have a hearing loss, your risk of dementia is only higher if your hearing loss remains untreated. If you wear hearing aids, your brain will continue to be stimulated by sound, and this will improve your cognitive abilities a great deal. Even if cognitive damage is done, studies show that this can be reversed when hearing loss is treated.
Hearing aids can help you to:
• Rediscover memories. When you are unable to hear a sound, the brain will eventually lose the memory of it. Using hearing aids to amplify the sounds around you means that you will regain the memory of sounds such as rainfall or birdsong, which are frequently ‘missed’ when hearing loss develops, and your brain will continue to recognize and decode these sounds.
• Retain language. Studies show that if you speak more than one language, you are likely to experience less cognitive decline than people who speak only one language. Being able to hear yourself speaking is essential to your ability to control language, and this is much easier if your hearing aids enable you to speak and hear normally.
• Remain connected. The social isolation that can follow hearing loss can be debilitating and lead to depression, as well as cognitive decline. Wearing hearing aids, and building a good support network around you, can help to prevent you from becoming isolated and ensure that your brain is given every opportunity to stay agile.
Take A Free Hearing Test At Hidden Hearing In Ireland
If you think that you may have a hearing loss, your first step should be to book an appointment for a free hearing test with an experienced audiologist.
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics.