Research has found that untreated, or improperly treated hearing loss, makes you at least 200% more likely to develop cognitive decline. That’s why part of your brain-hearing evaluation must include a cognitive screening test. According to a Lancet study in 2020, hearing loss is the #1 modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline. That’s why it’s critical that you have a customized treatment program that focuses on your brain-hearing ability to finally help you hear clearly and not struggle.
Why is Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia?
Research continues to find several potential causes of why people with hearing loss develop dementia and other cognitive disorders.
When you have hearing loss, your brain receives less information from the sounds around you, and the function of the hearing center begins to atrophy, as it’s no longer being stimulated properly.
Research has also found that when you have untreated, or improperly treated hearing loss, your brain begins to devote more of its resources to hearing. This is known as an increased cognitive load, which can lead to cognitive issues because the brain stops paying attention to its other tasks.
Hearing loss makes it difficult to follow conversations, either in noisy environments or not, which can make interacting with your friends and family difficult and embarrassing. When you tend to avoid situations that are difficult to hear in, you are socially isolating yourself. Additional research shows a strong correlation between feelings of loneliness or isolation and dementia.
Hearing Loss Solutions to Prevent Cognitive Decline
According to a Lancet study in 2020, hearing loss is the #1 modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline. That’s why it’s critical that you have a customized treatment program that focuses on your brain-hearing ability to finally help you hear clearly and not struggle.
A thorough brain-hearing evaluation is critical if you want to treat your hearing loss properly. At Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, our proprietary HEAR MethodTM Treatment Program helps you no longer struggle to hear. By utilizing a testing protocol that examines your brain-hearing ability, we are able to customize a treatment program to treat your hearing loss symptoms and your brain-hearing needs. The HEAR MethodTM Treatment Program uses state-of-the-art hearing technology to customize a treatment solution so you will never say “what” again – GUARANTEED.
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