Dementia and Hearing Loss

Dementia and Hearing Loss

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Your hearing and balance care are important to your overall well-being and can affect your ability to communicate and stay connected with family, friends, and loved ones.

In a recent report, mid-life hearing loss was named as the greatest single modifiable risk factor to reduce the risk of dementia. So, does that mean if you have hearing loss and you don’t wear hearing aids, you’re bound to have cognitive decline? Well, it is not quite that simple.1

Hearing loss, and other modifiable factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking, may contribute to about one-third of the overall risk for getting dementia. The other two-thirds of the overall risk are thought to be influenced by uncontrollable factors, such as genetic predisposition. It is known that hearing loss leads to social isolation and decreased participation in activities. 1

There is also a strong relationship between hearing loss and depression in adults, both of which are other modifiable risk factors for dementia. Wearing appropriately fit hearing aids can improve communication with friends and family, ease social interactions, lessen effort exerted on listening, and improve the overall quality of life. 2

Do you find yourself frequently asking for repetition or feel like everyone mumbles when they speak with you? Could you or a loved one benefit from wearing hearing aids?

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