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Exploring the Link Between Dementia and Hearing Loss: What You Need to Know

At Walker Hearing Clinic, we’re dedicated to helping you understand the links between hearing loss and your overall health. As we get older, our hearing and our general cognitive health can decline. According to a recent study by the Lancet commission report 2017, 2020, if you have hearing loss, you may have a greater chance of developing dementia. While this may sound alarming at first, it makes sense that straining to hear on a daily basis can contribute to cognitive decline.

Here’s what you need to know about the relationship between hearing loss and dementia.

The Growing Evidence

The latest research shows us that individuals with undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss can be more likely to experience cognitive decline and develop dementia later in life.

Why Is There a Link?

The reasons behind the connection between hearing loss and dementia are still being explored, but some theories are:

  • Cognitive Load: Hearing loss can make the brain work harder, forcing it to strain to hear and fill in the gaps, at the expense of other thinking and memory systems. 
  • Social Isolation: Hearing loss leads people to be less socially engaged and therefore less intellectually stimulated which can in turn lead to faster cognitive decline.

The Importance of Early Detection

Early detection and treatment of hearing loss could help reduce the risk of dementia. By addressing hearing loss promptly, you can decrease cognitive strain, maintain social connections, and potentially even slow the progression of cognitive decline.

How Hearing Aids Can Help

Hearing aids are an incredible tool for managing hearing loss and can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. By making it easier to hear, hearing aids can alleviate cognitive load and in turn encourage more social engagement. They can also improve communication, leading to a better quality of life.

Taking Action

If you think you might have some level of hearing loss, don’t delay and seek professional advice. Schedule a hearing test with one of our expert audiologists at Walker Hearing Clinic to evaluate your hearing health. If hearing aids are recommended, they can guide you through your options, the fitting process and ensure you get the best possible solution to suit your lifestyle and hearing needs.

By recognising the signs of hearing loss and seeking early treatment, you can reduce your risk of cognitive decline and enjoy a more active and engaged lifestyle. At Walker Hearing Clinic, we’re here to support you on your journey to better hearing and overall well-being. Contact us today to learn more about our hearing services and how we can help you.

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