Why Does Hearing Loss Contribute to Cognitive Decline?
Hearing loss is a common development as we age; allowing it to go untreated however, can lead to some serious complications. One vital concern with untreated hearing loss is cognitive decline. A Johns Hopkins study determined that individuals with mild hearing loss were two times more likely to develop dementia than those with normal hearing. That number increases to three times for moderate hearing loss and up to five times for severe loss.
Social isolation and brain atrophy from underutilizing the portion of the brain that processes sound is one cause of the decline. Another cause is overloading the portion of the brain that tries to understand degraded sound, redirecting resources from other processes such as memory. This causes memory recall to be strained.
Mild cognitive impairment, including Dementia and Alzheimers, can be caused by untreated hearing loss.
What Can I Do?
Early intervention is absolutely critical and may lessen the impact hearing loss has on cognitive function and slow the decline. Call Advanced Hearing Group to schedule an evaluation and a hearing test – we are here to help.
Advanced Hearing Group is a full-service audiology clinic with locations in Mesa, South Scottsdale, and North Scottsdale. Our audiologists, Adam DiPuccio, Dr. Gary Johnson, Dr. Cassandra Schmidt, Dr. Christina Gabler, Dr. Kelly Lewis and Dr. Briana Thornton offer a full range of hearing loss services including hearing tests, hearing aids, ear wax removal, middle ear testing, inner ear testing, and aural rehabilitation. Our friendly, professional hearing doctors are conveniently located near Apache Junction, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, North Scottsdale, South Scottsdale, and Ahwatukee.
Advanced Hearing Group - Mesa
5202 E. Main Street Suite 105 Mesa, AZ 85205 480-218-1328
Advanced Hearing Group - North Scottsdale
9445 E. Ironwood Square Dr. Suite 100 Scottsdale, AZ 85258 480-429-0026
Advanced Hearing Group - South Scottsdale
7025 E. McDowell Rd Suite 1c Scottsdale, AZ 85257 480-429-0026
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