Hearing Rehabilitation Starts Here
As with most hearing centers, the geriatric population has been our primary demographic. This is mainly due to the type of hearing loss that occurs with the aging process, referred to as Presbycusis. This type of hearing loss is often ignored because of its slow and gradual onset.
Recently, an article from John Hopkins Medicine (release date 02/14/2011) discussed the link between dementia and hearing loss. A study conducted by John Hopkins and The National Institute on Aging suggests that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.
Studies conducted by The Better Hearing Institute have also linked untreated hearing loss with irritability, fatigue, stress, depression, social withdrawal, reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety, impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced job performance and earning power and diminished psychological and overall health. It is for all of these reasons and so many more that the overall maintenance of hearing health is critical. Your hearing effects:
Our goal at Vail Valley Hearing Center is to assist individuals in living a high quality of life.
In the audiology field, we understand the correlation between hearing loss and early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s from our own experience, but a recent study proves exactly what the link connecting the two is, and how you can help save your memory by treating hearing loss at the first signs.
According to the USA Today article, Listen Up: Dementia linked to hearing loss,
“Cognitive problems developed, 30% to 40% faster when hearing declined to 25 decibels — mild hearing loss, according to the research online in the JAMA Internal Medicine. ‘That’s when you begin noticing trouble hearing and understanding in settings like a busy restaurant,’ says lead author Frank Lin.”
Because our practice works with many senior patients, this is not breaking news to us, but it is for a majority of the population and it provides a great way to begin the discussion about hearing loss treatment. When people don’t hear very well, it is harder for them to actively participate in social situations because of their hearing, and that leads to them socially isolating themselves. When a person immediately stops going out with friends and interacting socially, it hurts their cognitive engagement, and that’s when they may start experiencing signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s and/or dementia.
Not just memory loss
This recent study also brings up another important topic of discussion, which is secondary issues that can occur alongside hearing loss. Just like dementia, there are other health-related problems that can develop once an individual’s hearing begins to decline like high blood pressure and depression.
Although seniors are at a higher risk for hearing issues, hearing loss is a normal and natural process that happens as we age. As long as we are aware of how hearing loss can affect us, we can address hearing loss as soon as it becomes a problem. Early intervention means secondary issues that arise can be avoided.
As a company we do our best to help individuals hear better, and remain healthier into their later years. If you have any questions about the hearing loss of you or a loved one please feel free to reach out. We’ll work together to address the problem as soon as possible and keep you, your body, and your hearing healthy.
If an elderly person believes he or she may be suffering from gradual hearing loss, we recommend a hearing evaluation as soon as possible. Our professional hearing services cater to this important demographic and we have a wide variety of hearing aids products to suit individual’s needs. We are experienced at offering the best hearing advice to those affected by Presbycusis and will recommend the most effective course of action for patients to take, whether that involves a hearing evaluation or other forms of hearing rehabilitation.