Research about hearing loss and how it is related to dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease has become more common in medical journals over the past decade. Important long-term studies have revealed a very strong link between hearing loss and Alzheimer’s disease.
Seniors with untreated hearing loss were found to develop dementia sooner than their normal-hearing peers. The study also indicated that the more severe the hearing loss, the greater the likelihood of developing a cognitive disorder. Those who had normal hearing or wore hearing instruments for their hearing loss had less diagnoses of dementia or milder cases of dementia than those with untreated hearing loss. Follow-up studies to this looked at shrinkage of gray matter in the brain from MRI exams. Those with hearing loss had accelerated rates of shrinkage compared to those with normal hearing. These results are similar to those found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Conclusions of these studies indicate that early diagnosis and treatment for hearing loss through hearing instruments slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
To schedule a free consultation or to find out more about hearing loss and how hearing instruments can positively help brain function, call Total Hearing Care at (214) 827-1900 (Abrams Road) or (972) 380-0222 (Campbell Road).
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Phone Number: (214) 827-1900 (Abrams Road) or (972) 380-0222 (Campbell Road)