It’s believed that 1 in 6 Australians suffer from some form of hearing loss. The good news is that a fast, effective and affordable solution is within reach for many of us…
The realisation of hearing loss at any age can be potentially devastating. This can be further amplified if the person is younger than traditionally expected, i.e. under 60. If this is you, then here are a few things you need to know:
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In recent years, researchers have discovered there are scientific reasons to address hearing loss earlier. Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.
In a large study over some 20 years, researchers found that patients with hearing loss were more likely to develop dementia and this likelihood increased as the degree of hearing loss increased. Although the exact reason for the link is unknown, scientists suggest that it may come from the strain of trying to decode sounds over the years, which overwhelms the brain of people with hearing loss, making them less likely to engage in social situations and therefore more socially isolated and more vulnerable to dementia. Low levels of social engagement have long shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Whatever the cause, these findings may offer a starting point for interventions—even as simple as hearing aids—that could delay or prevent dementia by improving patients’ hearing.