Hearing loss is a health matter.
Deteriorating hearing makes it increasingly difficult for us to converse with other people. We mishear things with greater frequency and we keep finding ourselves asking people to repeat things. Communication can be fraught with misunderstandings and frustration. All this can eat away at our self-confidence have a negative impact on our general well-being and our quality of life as a whole.
Can hearing loss also increase our chances of developing dementia?
Research by the John Hopkins School of Medicine showed a strong association between hearing loss and both the early onset and more serious degrees of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Although the reason for the link between the two conditions is unknown, investigators suggest that a common
pathology may underlie both. The strain of decoding sounds over the years may overwhelm the brains of people with hearing loss, leaving them more vulnerable to dementia. Researchers also speculate hearing loss could lead to dementia by making individuals more socially isolated, a known risk factor for dementia and other cognitive disorders.
“These findings emphasise just how important it is to be proactive in addressing your hearing loss and make hearing assessments a part of your general health check. Hearing tests should be done every two years for anyone above 50 years of age.” Lilian Scherer, director of The Hearing Club.
Don’t wait to get your hearing checked – leaving hearing loss untreated could pose a serious risk.
Hearing loss can, of course, also be caused by medical, genetic or simply unknown factors. However, one thing is clear: you are not alone in suffering from hearing loss. Today, one in six people have some degree of hearing impairment and it’s a silent health condition that can take up to eight years to be noticed.
Can we do something to reduce the effects of hearing loss, cognitive decline and to improve general health? Absolutely! Get your hearing tested, get it managed, and enjoy a longer cognitively active life.
Call The Hearing Club on 1800 627 728 to have your hearing assessed today.