Treating Your Hearing Loss to Help Prevent Cognitive Decline

Hearing loss and cognitive decline are common conditions that affect millions of people around the world. But did you know, they are related?

Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging, noise exposure, and certain medical conditions. Cognitive decline is primarily caused by aging and other risk factors include family history, physical inactivity, and disease/conditions.

While both hearing loss and cognitive decline can be a frustrating and isolating experience, according to several medical studies, hearing loss and cognitive are directly related in two ways:

  1. People who suffer from untreated hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia over those with normal hearing.
  2. Treating your hearing loss may likely slow the progression of mental decline.
Most recently, Johns Hopkins conducted a comprehensive study that illustrated the correlation and connection between hearing loss and dementia. According to Johns Hopkins researchers, the prevalence of dementia among the participants with moderate/severe hearing loss was 61 percent higher than the prevalence among participants who had normal hearing.”

Conversely of the study participants who had moderate to severe hearing loss, there was a 32 percent lower prevalence of dementia amongst those who wore hearing aids.

 

Why Are Hearing Loss and Dementia Related? 

There are a few possible explanations for the link between hearing loss and dementia. One theory is that hearing loss can lead to social isolation, which can increase the risk of dementia. When people with hearing loss have difficulty understanding speech, they may withdraw from social activities and interactions. This can lead to loneliness, depression, and a decline in cognitive function.

Another theory is that hearing loss can directly damage the brain. When the brain is deprived of auditory stimulation, it may not function as efficiently. This can lead to changes in brain structure and function, which can increase the risk of dementia.

There is strong evidence to support the notion that treating hearing loss can help stave off mental decline. In one study, people with hearing loss who used hearing aids for 3 years showed a slower rate of cognitive decline than those who did not use hearing aids.

Another study found that people with hearing loss who received cochlear implants showed improvements in cognitive function, including memory, attention, and processing speed.

 

Tips to Slow the Progression of Cognitive Decline

Getting older is inevitable. Here are some tips for protecting your cognitive health:

  • Stay mentally active. Challenge your mind with puzzles, games, and other activities that require thinking.
  • Get enough sleep. Sleep is essential for cognitive function.
  • Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet provides your brain with the nutrients it needs to function properly.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercise helps to keep your brain healthy and sharp.
  • Manage stress. Stress can contribute to cognitive decline. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your mind sharp and reduce your risk of dementia.

 

Treating Hearing Loss

If you have hearing loss, there are a number of treatment options available. Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. They amplify sound, making it easier for you to hear. Other treatment options include cochlear implants, which can provide more hearing than hearing aids.

If you have hearing loss and you live in the Scottsdale or Mesa area, talk to us about treatment options. Treating your hearing loss may help you maintain your cognitive health and reduce your risk of dementia.

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480-376-7076
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North & South Scottsdale Offices

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We Accept Most Insurances

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Will health insurance cover my hearing aids?

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Insurance covers many hearing & audiology services.

Health insurance companies cover a variety of hearing aids. Since there are often specific requirements, and/or limitations on what or how much is covered, it is important to thoroughly understand what your health plan offers. It is our goal to find the type of hearing aid that is most suitable for your hearing loss. We will also help you understand your treatment options as they relate to your health insurance coverage.

Most insurance typically covers the cost of earwax removal services, with the patient paying only their standard policy deductible. However, the cost of earwax removal is not as expensive as you might think - without going through insurance, the cost of a standard earwax removal is $95.00 for either one ear or two.

We proudly contract with the insurance companies listed below. Our list is constantly growing, so check back often to see if your company is included. Alternatively, you can call us for assistance with your plan’s coverage, or to see if we contract with your insurance.

AARP / AARP Medicare Complete / Banner
ACN Connected Care
Aetna / ALL plans/ Banner
Alaska Care
Arizona Care Network (ACN)
Arizona Complete Health (AHCCCS)
Allwell Commercial / AHCCCS
Ambetter
Ameriben
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment (AHCCCS)
Arizona Medical Network (AMN)
AZ Complete Health Care
Banner Health Network PPO,HMO, Medicare
Banner Medicare Advantage Dual (SNP)
Banner University LTC (AHCCCS)
Banner University Family Care (AHCCCS)
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield / All Plans / Banner
Cigna / All Plans / Banner
CMDP (AHCCCS)
Cofinity
Core Civic
Coventry
First Health
Fortified Provider Network (HMN)
GEHA
Gilsbar
Golden Rule
Great West Health
Health Choice (AHCCCS)
Health Choice Pathway (SNP)
Health Management Network (HMN)
Healthnet (All Plans)
Health Smart
Humana / All Plans / Banner
ICE Health Services (IHS)
Imperial Insurance
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
Medicare Part B
Medicare Railroad
Magellan Complete Care
Meritus
Mercy Care Advantage (SNP)
Mercy Care Plan (AHCCCS)
Mercy Care Group Health
Mercy Care RBHA
Mercy Maricopa Integrated
Molina Care (AHCCCS)
Molina Medicare Complete Care
Multiplan/RAN
Oscar Healthcare (Cigna only)
OWCP (Workers Comp.)
Refugee Medical Asst. Program (RMAP)
Southwest Services Administrators
Tricare West Region / HNFS
Triwest / VA Community Care
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
UHC AARP Medicare Complete ( Banner)
UHC Dual Complete (SNP)
UHC Community Plan (AHCCCS)
UMR
United Mine Workers Union (UMWU)
United Healthcare / All Plans / Banner
Wellcare
Washington State Labor of Industry

Mesa Office

480-376-7076
Mon – Fri | 8am – 5pm

North & South Scottsdale Offices

480-608-9817
Mon – Fri | 8am – 6pm

We Accept Most Insurances

Mesa Office - Advanced Hearing Group

South Scottsdale Office - Advanced Hearing Group

North Scottsdale Office - Advanced Hearing Group

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Cognitive Decline Prevention was last modified: March 7th, 2024 by Olivia