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