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Hearing and Dementia

Hearing and Dementia

Experts have been studying the association between hearing loss and dementia for decades. In more recent research, experts found convincing proof that the two are connected. A study led by John Hopkins expert Frank Lin, M.C., PhD, established that people with hearing loss could be up to five times more likely to develop dementia.  

That doesn't mean that if you have hearing loss you also have dementia, the sooner you get your hearing checked the sooner you can work with your residual hearing.

The Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

Scientists believe there could be two ways hearing loss can cause dementia. One is through a person's thinking and memory systems as the brain works harder to cope with the hearing disability. Another is by fast-tracking the shrinkage of the ageing brain as its auditory centre becomes less engaged.

Despite the connection, not everyone who is hard of hearing will develop dementia. Studies only show the increased possibility, but mental decline from hearing loss can be delayed or mitigated.

Hearing Aids Help to Fight Dementia 

Since scientists started investigating the relationship between hearing loss and dementia, research into the impact of hearing aids on a patient's cognitive decline has also been studied. This includes an investigation by Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), which found that while hearing loss can lead to dementia, people wearing hearing aids are spared from that risk.

Hearing-assistive devices cannot stop ageing-related memory loss, but they can reduce the rate of mental deterioration, especially when coupled with a healthy lifestyle.

Tips for Improving Your Hearing and Memory

Hearing aids significantly affect hearing loss management, but lifestyle changes can offer holistic benefits. Here are five ways to improve your hearing and memory:

1. Meditate

Meditation relaxes the body and increases blood flow to the brain. This increases a person's sensitivity to sounds around them that may otherwise evade their attention.

2. Stop Smoking

Running from the middle ear to the back of the throat, the eustachian tube neutralises ear pressure and drains mucus. Prolonged exposure to tobacco chemicals can create pressure buildup in the tube and damage hearing.

3. Receive Hearing & Ear Checkups

Hearing loss can be caused by accumulated and hardened earwax. Removing the earwax yourself can introduce auditory risks, so it's crucial to have a professional perform the removal procedure. Ask Sam and the team today about our Ear Wax removal services.

4. Seek Quiet Spaces & Activities

Maintaining good hearing can be as simple as avoiding sounds louder than 80 decibels. If this isn't possible, wear ear protection to prevent hearing damage.

5. Implement a Healthy Diet & Regular Exercise 

Regular exercise and a high intake of folic acid, B vitamins, zinc, and magnesium have been linked to better hearing. See a doctor before making significant diet and physical activity changes.

Fight Back Against Hearing-Related Dementia

Dementia is one of the best-known consequences of auditory impairment. However, with appropriate technology and lifestyle changes, hearing-related cognitive decline in the elderly can be effectively managed.

Contact Sam and the team at Summertown Audiology today for more top tips and to discuss your hearing health needs Contact us today

Date: 18 February 2023