Alzheimer's and Hearing Loss

September 26, 2018

September is World Alzheimer’s Month according to the website, https://www.worldalzmonth.org/. It is the international campaign by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) every September to highlight challenges and stigma around dementia. The website states that “Dementia is a collective name for progressive brain syndromes which affect memory, thinking, behavior and emotion. Dementia is the leading cause of disability and dependency among the elderly.” Some of the symptoms of dementia include memory loss and difficulty understanding what people are saying or having difficulty finding the right words to communicate.

Apparently, there are many forms of dementia, but Alzheimer’s disease accounts for over half of the cases diagnosed. Although Alzheimer’s disease is not considered a normal part of aging, there are studies which appear to link hearing loss to an increased risk of dementia. The AARP website has a brain health & wellness section which provocatively states: Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia and under that caption, Katherine Griffin and Katherine Bouton write an article entitled: Can Getting a Hearing Aid Help Prevent Memory Loss? https://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-07-2013/hearing-loss-linked-to-dementia.html. In this article, they reference several well-regarded studies which suggest hearing loss is related to brain health in more consequential ways than previously understood. They further state that this link between hearing loss and dementia “….raises the possibility that treating hearing loss more aggressively can stave off cognitive decline and dementia.”   

Today’s many technologically advanced hearing aids promise the best help possible in treating hearing loss and may just help improve your overall brain health!




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