Are hear­ing loss and de­men­tia con­nected?

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

Clar­ity Hear­ing Clinic’s Au­di­ol­o­gist, Ms Fer­nan­dez says that ‘de­te­ri­o­rat­ing hear­ing makes it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for us to con­verse with other peo­ple. We mishear with greater fre­quency and have to keep ask­ing peo­ple to re­peat things. Out­siders can of­ten re­act with mis­com­pre­hen­sion.

All this eats away at our self-con­fi­dence and can have a neg­a­tive im­pact on our gen­eral well-be­ing and our qual­ity of life’. But can hear­ing loss in­crease your chances of de­vel­op­ing de­men­tia?

Re­search by the John Hop­kins School of Medicine showed a strong as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween hear­ing loss and the ear­lier on­set and more se­ri­ous de­grees of de­men­tia.

When peo­ple have hear­ing loss, they may start to with­draw from ac­tiv­i­ties they used to en­joy, be­cause cer­tain sce­nar­ios may tire them out, or be­come em­bar­rass­ing or dif­fi­cult. Now re­search is find­ing that this could have a wor­ry­ing knock-on ef­fect as ev­i­dence is emerg­ing that deaf­ness may lead to de­men­tia.

Clar­ity Hear­ing Clinic re­ports that not be­ing able to hear well could be a recipe for dis­as­ter. Yet most peo­ple de­lay get­ting a hear­ing aid for ap­prox­i­mately eight years af­ter they should. How­ever, with new minia­ture, in­vis­i­ble hear­ing aids, there is no rea­son to de­lay im­prov­ing your hear­ing any longer.

Can you do some­thing to re­duce the ef­fects of hear­ing loss, cog­ni­tive de­cline and pos­si­bly de­lay the on­set of de­men­tia? Ab­so­lutely!

Au­di­ol­o­gists at Clar­ity Hear­ing Clinic in­vite you to trial the world’s first hear­ing aid that out­per­forms nor­mal hear­ing. Call Clar­ity Hear­ing on 9474 6644 to book your free hear­ing check and hear­ing aid trial to­day.

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