Dementia is Closely Related to Hearing Loss

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Did you know for those older than 60 years, the risk of dementia is closely related to the severity of hearing loss?¹ Research Indicates a link between hearing loss and mild cognitive impairment, a condition that can be a precursor to Alzheimer's disease.² In 2017, an estimated 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's Disease and every 66 seconds, someone develops the disease.³ Brain pathways need to be utilized or the pathway can close off. It's a classic case of, "use it or lose it". Fortunately, there's a potential upside. there's a possibility that treating hearing loss more aggressively could help stave off cognitive decline and dementia.⁴
Hearing loss can be difficult to self diagnose. The brain is able to overcome the gradual decline in hearing, similar to how the brain blocks out seeing your own nose all the time. An annual hearing evaluation can help discover if you have hearing loss, the type of hearing loss you may have, and how your hearing health and quality of life can be improved. Because, life is worth hearing! Call us at Memphis Audiology at 901-310-5983 to schedule your appointment!

JAMA Neurology¹
Alzheimer Association²

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