Q. My friend was telling me that hear­ing loss can be linked to de­men­tia. Is this true?

The People's Friend - - Short Story By Ewan Smith - Hid­den Hear­ing Au­di­ol­o­gist Farah Kiani is here to help.

Lat­est re­search shows that hear­ing loss in mid-life (age forty-five to sixty-four) is one of the nine life­style fac­tors that can be man­aged to re­duce your risk of de­men­tia by up to a third.

This is be­cause hear­ing loss puts ex­tra stress on your brain, as the brain has to work harder to process lan­guage and sounds, mak­ing you more likely to ex­pe­ri­ence tired­ness and for­get­ful­ness.

At Hid­den Hear­ing, we rec­om­mend that ev­ery­one over fifty, re­gard­less of whether you think you may have a prob­lem or not, gets a hear­ing test. It can pro­vide a bench­mark and help de­tect early loss.

Hear­ing tests, un­like some eye tests, are free on the high street or through your GP. To book a free hear­ing test visit, call free on 0800 037 2060.

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