Did you know? In 2018, an estimated 5.7 million American of all ages had Alzheimer’s disease, and that every sixty seconds someone new develops the disease. For those over 60 years old, the risk of dementia is closely related to the severity of your hearing loss.
How does hearing loss relate to dementia?
The answer is still being uncovered. The current research indicates that hearing difficulty, social isolation, and shared brain function pathways may require that more cognitive resources be applied to hearing. When that happens, it reduces the availability of those cognitive resources for working memory.
What can we do to make sure that our hearing loss doesn’t contribute to dementia?
The best answer is to get expert advice on your exact situation. Talk to your hearing care doctor to learn how a family history of dementia or hearing loss may pose an increased risk for you of your loved ones. Our expert advice can help! By making smart choices early based on history and health, you can prevent hearing loss-related dementia.
Get annual evaluations to discover:
- If you have hearing loss or are at risk
- The type of hearing loss that you may have
- How you hearing health and quality of life can be improved
To learn more about Hearing Loss-related Dementia, visit the website from the Alzheimer’s Association.
Take this quiz to find out if you are at risk for hearing loss related Dementia?
To find out if you should seek expert advice, check all that apply below. If you have more than one checked at the end, its time to ask your hearing health expert for a consultation:
- I have difficulty understanding speech in the presence of background noise or in a crowded restaurant.
- I avoid social situations that require me to participate in conversations.
- I avoid the movies or theater because I miss so much.
- I have greater difficulty understanding females and children.
- My family and friends complain that I am not hearing accurately.
- Others notice that I the volume on my television or radio too loud.
- I have difficult conversing on the telephone.
- I ask others to repeat themselves often during conversations.