Hearing Loss & Dementia

I wrote about this topic last October in a post called Hearing Aid use can Slow Cognitive Decline in Older Adults. An article in The Pilot News yesterday by Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D., titled “Now hear this — and keep dementia at bay“, reiterates the point and prompted me to discuss the issue again. Per the article, when you address your hearing loss and wear your hearing aids, “You strengthen your connection to the outside world and protect your brainpower.” The article cites a study that shows that, “Getting a hearing aid as soon as you start to lose acuity is an important way to reduce your risk of Dementia.

I found another good article on this topic here:  Dementia and Cognitive Decline – the hidden risks of hearing loss

While I haven’t done clinical studies, I can speak to the the huge change I see in some patients once they regain hearing through new hearing aids. I’ve had nursing home clients brought in with their attendant telling me they are non-responsive. Some of these clients light up when they are able to hear again and participate with the world around them. More than one “grumpy old man” has become my friend after we are able to communicate… When these things happen, I’m reminded why I love my job!

Don’t accept cognitive decline as inevitable or just part of growing old. If hearing loss is a contributing factor, see your Doctor of Audiology (Me!) and find out if there is something that can be done to help!

 

Marshall County Senior Expo 2019

I always enjoy meeting new people and seeing current clients at the Senior Expo. This Saturday there was a blurb in the Pilot News (see right) about preparations that are underway. The date is set for October 17th at the Plymouth High School. Mark your calendar to come out and see me. As always, I will be doing hearing screenings and will have a few give-aways at our booth.

For those of you that don’t know, a hearing screening is the most basic of hearing tests. It is the best that can be accomplished in a temporary setting like the Expo, but nothing compared to what you would receive with a full hearing test at my office where I have a sound booth for optimum testing.

A screening is a great start and I’ll be able to provide you with some basic information. If warranted, a follow-up visit to my office can be scheduled. There we would be able to explore the full range of options open to you.