Studies show that actively using hearing aids reduces the risk of cognitive decline by improving communication and social interaction for individuals with hearing loss.
According to research, by far the single most important thing we can do to maintain our brains as we age is to stay mentally engaged, through an active social life with friends, family and business associates. Healthy hearing is a key part of staying involved with people and the world around us. But as we age, for many of us, our hearing ability declines, along with cognition. A new study by Dr. Helene Amieva documented the relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline among a group of nearly 4,000 volunteers over a 25-year period.
Noise exposure at a gun range can cause noise-induced hearing loss. This condition can sometimes cause more hearing loss than that resulting from aging alone. This happens when the nerve cells of the inner ear are damaged. To learn more on how to protect your ability to hear and understand speech, check out this report from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Cognition: Research discovered a link between hearing loss and dementia, hearing aids could potentially delay or prevent it. Your brain shrinks 2% faster every year when hearing loss is left untreated. Well-fit hearing aids may slow cognitive decline associated with hearing loss.
Heart Health: The inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow, it could provide early clues to abnormalities in the cardiovascular system.
Sleep Apnea: Studies reveal that sleep apnea is associated with hearing loss. READ MORE
Depression: Research show that adults with hearing loss are 57% more likely to have deep episodes of stress, depression or bad mood, and the use of hearing aids reduces depressive symptoms.
Diabetes: Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes. Studies show that people with diabetes are about twice as likely to have hearing loss.
Fall Risk: Middle age (40-69) adults with even a mild hearing loss were 3 times more likely to have a history of falling. The intensive listening effort demanded by unaddressed hearing loss may take cognitive resources away from those needed to maintain balance and gait.
Kidney Disease: Adults with moderate chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a higher prevalence of hearing loss, according to the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
Increased Hospitalizations: Older adults with untreated hearing loss were 32% more likely to have been admitted to a hospital and 36% more likely to have prolonged stretches of illness or injury lasting more than 10 days.
Nurture Relationships and Social Connections: Lake Forest Hearing skilled audiologists Evaluate, Educate and Enhance your patients hearing with well fit hearing aids and hearing enhancement programs to help them hear the people and activities they love.
The latest hearing solution options offered by LFH are highlighted in this Health Front segment. Featuring Dr. Lori Halvorson