Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).
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We often talk about the link between hearing loss and dementia in our blogs, and this is because scientific research tells us that the two are linked. Recent research by the leading medical journal, The Lancet, identified 9 lifestyle factors that have a big impact on dementia, including managing hearing loss between the ages of 40 and 65.
The recent study suggests that management of the 9 lifestyle factors linked with dementia could prevent one in three cases of the condition. This is a significant and hopeful finding. The nine factors are:
- Managing hearing loss
- Increasing childhood education
- Managing obesity
- Managing Diabetes
- Managing hypertension
- Increasing exercise
- Maintaining social engagements
- Managing depression, and
- Reducing or stopping smoking.
Managing Hearing Loss Effectively For Cognitive Health:
Here at Hidden Hearing, we see people of all ages who are experiencing hearing loss. Many of these people put off seeking help for their condition for many months, and even years, after they first notice the problem. This means that the opportunity to correct hearing loss in the early stages is often lost. This can have an enormous impact on cognitive health.
Conditions such as dementia manifest themselves predominantly in people over the age of 65, but the nine factors above must, the study emphasises, be taken into account between the ages of 40 and 65 as this is when dementia probably begins. This means that a delay in seeking help can contribute to developing problems, making dementia more likely.
The latest research suggests that the link between hearing loss and dementia is crucial to understanding brain health, since it has been confirmed that hearing loss adds to the cognitive load of the brain, leading to social isolation and depression, accelerating brain atrophy. Treating hearing loss relieves the cognitive load and reduces the likelihood of developing the associated problems of social isolation and depression, so can make a huge difference to the cognitive health of an individual.
Seek Help For Hearing Loss
Getting help as soon as you notice hearing loss is easy, and our trained staff understand that it can be difficult to take this step, so they will help to reassure you throughout the process. You can begin by making an appointment to see an audiologist, who will give you a free hearing test so that your base line hearing level can be established.
Some hearing loss can be temporary, such as hearing loss caused by certain medications or by an earwax blockage, in which case it is usually possible to restore normal hearing levels. However, if your hearing loss is permanent, you will be offered a variety of options and may find that hearing aids offer you the best solution. Modern digital hearing aids are tiny, and offer a great hearing experience, so other people will not even be aware that you are wearing them!
Book A Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
If you think that you or a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss, you should make an appointment to see an audiologist as soon as possible. Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Simply contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.