How Can Hearing Better Help Delay Dementia?

A very interesting article hard_of_hearingon the importance of keeping your ability to hear!  Thank you for visiting us at Advocare of South Florida. We provideTransitional Care Management to area seniors.

Today, 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss. Meanwhile, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, every 67 seconds. Now, new research is beginning to show that the two conditions have more in common than you may think.

When it comes to things like language processing, if you don’t use it, you lose it. This means that people with untreated hearing loss can slowly lose some of their ability to understand and process speech. This could be an explanation for why hearing loss has been strongly associated with dementia in older Americans. What’s more, those with untreated hearing loss have been shown to lose brain tissue faster than people who don’t have hearing loss.

However, there is good news. Studies have shown that using hearing aids to address hearing loss can help to curb these effects and slow the onslaught of cognitive decline and dementia.

Many people are hesitant to admit that they have hearing loss. And once they admit it, they often don’t want to use hearing aids because of negative social stigmas. This can pose a challenge to caregivers, as it can be difficult to persuade their loved one to take corrective action.

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