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Too quickly we look at hearing loss as a non-essential issue to fix. But with 360 million people worldwide suffering from some form of hearing loss today, what would the world look like if this ailment was left untreated?
Not only would a lot of us be constantly asking, “Can you repeat that? What? I can’t hear you!”, those of us experiencing age-related hearing loss wouldn’t recognize our hearing loss for what it is. It can be a slow and gradual process for hearing to decrease due to age.
Age-related hearing loss is normal, but allowing it to go untreated is not. Leaving your hearing loss untreated will lead to cognitive decline.
We cannot overlook this important detail. We cannot look at hearing loss and consider it just “something to live with”. The quality of life and the health of your brain is on the line.
Recent studies have shown that not only is hearing loss a factor in brain health, it is also directly linked to dementia. Tweet This
Dementia is a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life experienced in the elderly. This is important to note, because we know that our brains do the heavy lifting when it comes to hearing.
Our ears are pretty important parts of our body. Their job is to collect sound and send it to the brain. If our ears aren’t able to collect the sound properly, whether due to noise exposure or aging, our brain is unable to do its job. It means our brain receives sounds it can’t fully understand and interpret.
The result is a brain that is overworked, and your brain was never intended to work that hard.
If you’re unable to hear properly, you can’t remember what someone said to you. You can’t communicate fully with those around you. You struggle to focus on what others might be saying.
These are all signs of hearing loss. These are also all signs of dementia.
But, there is good news. This is reversible and preventable.
If you leave your hearing loss untreated, your risk of having dementia increases by 200-500%.
If you treat your hearing loss, dementia can be prevented and even slowed by allowing aging adults to engage in conversation and communication. Tweet This
So what can you do today?
Your first step is to sign up for the Brain Hearing Symposium in May. This great event will be hosted by A&E Audiology at the Eden Resort on Wednesday, May 17 at 9 AM, with lunch provided.
Dr. Keith Darrow, PhD is a graduate from M.I.T. and a Harvard Medical Trained Neuroscientist and will be presenting the symposium along with our own Dr. Kamal Elliot. This free event is for individuals wishing to avoid cognitive decline, dementia, and the isolation that prevents active-aging and social activities.
Your next step is to make an appointment with A&E Audiology & Hearing Aid Center. Our mission is to help people experience a higher quality of life, and we want to help you. Your hearing loss is treatable, and we want to walk with you every step of the way.
Today is the day to take the first steps to better brain health, better hearing, and a better life.
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