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Hearing Loss Associated with Development of Dementia

Hearing Loss Associated with Development of Dementia

Older adults with untreated hearing loss appear more likely to develop dementia, and their risk increases as hearing loss becomes more severe, according to a report in an issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archivesjournals. By the year 2050, an estimated 100 million people or nearly one in 85 individuals worldwide will be affected by dementia, according to background information in the article. Interventions that could delay the onset of dementia by even 1 year could lead to a more than 10% decrease in the prevalence of dementia in 2050, the authors note. “Unfortunately, there...

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Hearing Technologies Could Play Important Role in Delaying Dementia

Hearing Technologies Could Play Important Role in Delaying Dementia

Excerpt from HearingReview.com – Click here to read the full article New research into understanding how the brain adapts and improves its hearing abilities through the use of hearing technologies could play an important role in the future management of dementia. Preliminary research supports the notion that adults with hearing aids develop new neural pathways in the brain to more fully utilize the information created by these devices. To some extent, this conclusion is supported by anecdotal evidence that many adults who are initially unhappy with their hearing devices suddenly report...

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May is Better Hearing Month

May is Better Hearing Month

Communication and Hearing Care Are Still Essential in Our Virtual World This excerpt is from Audiology.org. Click the link to read the rest of the article and more like it! 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 2017 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,...

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Hearing Aids Can Help You Hear the Sounds of the World

Hearing Aids Can Help You Hear the Sounds of the World

From hearing someone say “I love you,” to enjoying the spring chorus of songbirds, the sense of hearing helps us to connect with others and to our world.
Untreated hearing loss is associated with decreased quality of life. As hearing difficulty makes it more challenging to communicate, people become less involved in social activities, which may lead to isolation and an increased risk of depression.

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Hearing Aids and Cognitive Function

Hearing Aids and Cognitive Function

This excerpt is from Audiology.org. Click the link to read the rest of the article and more like it! The relationship between hearing loss and cognitive status has long been recognized with significant work in the early 1980s. Nonetheless, the complexity of hearing loss, the complexity of cognitive function, and predominance cross-sectional work has limited ability to confirm or deny a causal relationship. If a relationship exists, causal or not, it is plausible that treatment of hearing loss may reduce risk or mitigate evidence of cognitive decline with age. The participants completed...

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Cognitive Decline and Aging

Cognitive Decline and Aging

This excerpt is from Audiology.org. Click the link to read the rest of the article and more like it! Cognitive Impairment appears to be present in 5 percent of people between the ages of 71 and 79 years yet is found in 37 percent of those aged 90 years and older. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) appears to be present in approximately 16 percent of those over age 70 years. Importantly, MCI is not considered to be dementia, yet some 80 percent of people with MCI convert to dementia over approximately 6 years. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common dementia, representing some two-thirds...

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