Dementia: Know the signs and protect your brain

Dementia is a common cognitive illness which affects 1 in 10 people under the age of 65 in Ireland. Diseases such as Alzheimers, incidents like strokes and even hearing loss can cause brain matter to deteriorate which can lead to dementia. A healthy lifestyle and taking care of your mental health can help you to avoid developing dementia in later years. Discover what you can do to stay healthy and prevent dementia in our free downloadable guide.

Hearing loss and dementia

According to the 2020 Lancet Commission Report on Dementia Prevention, the risk of dementia can be cut by one third by treating hearing loss. The report by the leading medical journal assessed the potentially modifiable risk factors for dementia that can be addressed as preventative interventions. The report recommends wearing hearing aids where hearing loss is present as this can prevent the onset of dementia. The Lancet Commission also recommends taking measures such as safe listening and protecting the ears from excessive noise exposure as they prevent against hearing loss which is a leading cause of dementia.

Meet leading Irish neuroscientist and wellness author, Dr Sabina Brennan

''Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation and depression both of which are detrimental to the health of your brain. That’s why adopting hearing health habits like protecting your ears from excessive noise, going for annual hearing tests and wearing hearing aids are a brilliant way to look after your brain health.'' - Dr Sabina Brennan

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Hearing Loss and Dementia

Did you know that people with mild hearing loss are twice as likely to suffer from memory loss and that people with moderate hearing loss are five times more likely to develop dementia? Hearing plays a huge part in cognitive function and untreated hearing loss can lead to cognitive decline, memory loss and dementia. Remember, hearing care is self-care.

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