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Hearing Loss & Dementia

Did you know that untreated hearing loss can leave you up to five times more likely to develop dementia in later life? Carolina Hearing Services can help you fight those dangers while also promoting a better quality of life!

The scientific link between hearing loss and dementia

At least five million Americans are currently living with dementia while up to one in six women and one in ten men living past the age of 55 likely to fall victim to this awful disease. Hearing loss is statistically shown to be one of the leading causes. 

Depending on the level of hearing loss, the risks of developing dementia increase by anything from 200-500 percent. Worse still, as per the John Hopkins medical study, even a mild case of hearing loss can accelerate the rate of cognitive decline. 

Dr. Abby Connell, Clinical Audiologist here at Carolina Hearing Services states that this is just one of many reasons to give your hearing health the attention it deserves. 

Why does hearing loss lead to dementia?

Untreated hearing loss can encourage the onset of dementia for a whole host of reasons. Of those many known issues, the three leading candidates are;

  1. Social isolation – The conscious withdrawal from social interactions that can occur even with a minor case of hearing loss can prevent the individual from enjoying a variety of interactions associated with maintaining a healthy and active brain. 
  2. Cerebral atrophy – Cerebral atrophy is strongly associated with dementia. Hearing impairments encourage accelerated brain atrophy, particularly in the parts linked to memory, hearing and speech. This is primarily due to a reduction in connections between the ears and brain.
  3. Cognitive overload – When a person’s hearing isn’t as it should be, the brain is forced to work harder to complete even the most basic interactions. Ultimately, as the brain continues to work harder than it should, it becomes more vulnerable to wear and tear. 

In short: if your hearing loss is left untreated, you enter the high-risk category of developing dementia. Moreover, as highlighted by each of the three issues above, the hearing loss will harm your daily life too.

Fight dementia with Carolina Hearing Services

Hearing loss needn’t rule your present or future. Dr. Abby Connell and her team of audiologists can provide a host of treatments designed to restore your hearing and actively fight back against the threat of dementia.

Those treatments can range from prescribing and fitting hearing aids to using sound therapy for sufferers of tinnitus. Whatever the right treatment might be, you cannot gain that professional care and support without first booking a hearing test. 

Even if your hearing loss is minimal, it’s never too early to get tested and – more importantly – treated. Likewise, annual checkups can confirm whether your hearing is fine or whether some preventative measures may be needed. Either way, our friendly and experienced team of professionals are your best bet for long-term health.

To book your appointment or see more info on the link between hearing loss and dementia, call us today on 843-242-0665.