Dr. Phallon Doss Clinical Audiologist
Ask the Expert: Is Hearing Loss Associated with Dementia?
Several studies have concluded that “untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by 50%.” This link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline has been a growing topic of discussion in the medical world for a while now. We know definitively that many potential “consequences” of untreated hearing loss — like social isolation and cognitive load — are factors that increase the risk of cogni- tive decline. So, it makes sense that decreasing the likelihood of those consequences — by treating hearing loss — would go a long way towards lessening the odds for future cognitive issues. Using data taken over a span of eight years, one recent study found that for people diagnosed with hearing loss, those who received hearing aids within three years of their diagnosis had lower rates of dementia than those who didn’t get hearing aids. Another, longer study showed that hearing aid use reduced the risk of cognitive decline associated with hearing loss. Hearing loss is one of the most common, chronic conditions that Americans experience, yet many people wait years or even decades to take any action on their hearing loss—if they ever do. This is true even as we have so many intervention and treatment options available that help people to communicate more effectively. During May, we want to inform the public how and where they can connect with help for hearing and related conditions—and why it’s important that they do so. As a first step, we recommend that anyone with concerns about their or a loved one’s hearing get a hearing evaluation from a Doctor of Audiology. In addition to diagnosing and treating hearing loss, Audiologists can help people who have ringing in the ears (called tinnitus), which can be very disruptive to a person’s life— and even impact their mental health. Audiologists are also trained to help diagnose dizziness and balance issues, which may originate from a problem in the inner ear. A balance problem can increase a person’s risk of falling, which is a leading cause of injury among older adults. To learn more, and to find a certified audiologist, visit www.asha.org/public or www.ActNowonHearing.com. To schedule an evaluation with a Doctor of Audiology at Doss Audiology & Hearing Center visit www.dossaudiology.com or call 210-819-5002.
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