Cognitive Decline & Hearing Health 

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 under utilizing 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 Alzheimer’s, 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.

Happy Patients:

We want to thank Dr. Johnson and the staff at the South Scottsdale office, for their prompt service, when I had a problem, with one of my hearing aids. They saw me within an hour of my call to their office and resolved the problem, in a few minutes. We appreciate a business that is so helpful and caring.

Lisa B.

As a person who was just diagnosed with tinnitus and some hearing loss, I decided to see Dr. Gary Johnson and discuss if hearing aids would be beneficial to me. Dr. Johnson gave me a thorough examination and evaluation and recommended hearing aids for me to help with the hearing loss and help quiet the tinnitus. I have been wearing my new hearing aids for about 2 months now and I am so happy with them. Dr. Johnson did a wonderful job evaluating what would work for me. He is very pleasant, listens to the needs of the patient, answers all questions and makes you feel very comfortable. I have been helped with the hearing aids for both my tinnitus and hearing loss. Don’t hesitate to go see Dr. Johnson if you are in need of someone who can help with your tinnitus and hearing problems. He is the best in the business.

Laura S.

I had a hearing aid quit on me. I went into the Mesa location and was greeted by a pleasant young lady and was promptly helped to get my hearing aid working again. And there was no charge !!Great service and pleasant staff. What a great experience !!

Gordon O.

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