Reduce Your Risk for Dementia in Hopkins & Shorewood, MN
Hearing Solutions Group Is Here for You
Individuals with hearing loss are at an increased risk for developing cognitive decline and dementia. New research finds treating hearing loss is the single most modifiable risk-factor for reducing the risk of dementia. While your risk increases with the degree of hearing loss, it is important to note that even mild hearing loss can increase your risk by as much as 200%! If you or a loved one struggles to hear clearly, our audiologist can help reduce your risk of hearing loss and dementia in Hopkins and Shorewood, MN.
How Are Hearing Loss & Dementia Connected?
Dr. Frank Lin and his team at Johns Hopkins Medical Center have published numerous studies on the impact of hearing loss, including its strong link to cognitive decline and dementia. They have found three primary effects of hearing loss that can contribute directly to your risk of dementia.
#1 – Social Isolation
Withdrawal from social situations is common in individuals with hearing loss. If you struggle with any of the following, even to a mild degree, you are not alone:
- Feelings of embarrassment
- Fear of making mistakes during a conversation
- Feeling like you are not part of a group conversation
Proper hearing healthcare can enable you to maintain an active, engaging lifestyle. In turn, that social interaction helps to keep your mind sharp. Keeping your brain mentally fit – with social interactions, communication, reading, and playing games – is a recipe for a long, healthy life!
#2 – Cerebral Atrophy
Multiple scientific studies have demonstrated that hearing impairment is associated with accelerated brain atrophy in both the overall brain, as well as even more advanced reductions in volume associated with the memory, hearing, and speech and language portions of the brain.
Cerebral atrophy is a hallmark feature of individuals with dementia. A decrease in brain volume is essentially the result of losing millions of neurons. As the auditory system ages, we lose sensory cells in our ears. Each of those cells has the potential to make connections with millions of cells throughout the brain in areas involved with hearing, speech, memory, and beyond. Therefore, losing your hearing with aging can affect much more than your ears!
#3 – Cognitive Overload (i.e., Working Your Brain Too Hard)
Hearing loss is not normal, and neither is the excess strain that it puts on your brain. With hearing loss, your brain is constantly on overload as it works to fill in the missing pieces and follow the conversation. Imagine trying to read this page if every third word were missing. Now imagine reading a 300-page novel written like that! The extra time it takes you to follow what is being said in a conversation can really add up, and this can harm your brain over time.
Call Hearing Solutions Group If You Struggle with Any of the Following…
- Difficulty hearing when there is background noise
- TV or radio needs to be louder for you than for your spouse or family
- Trouble following a conversation in the car
- The common need to ask others to repeat themselves
Whether you suffer from slight or significant hearing loss, your cognitive abilities are likely to be adversely affected. There is hope, however! According to a recent study by Columbia University, today’s leading treatment options for restoring hearing can help to slow down or prevent the development of dementia. Our hearing clinics work to combat hearing loss and dementia in Hopkins and Shorewood, MN, by staying at the forefront of modern hearing technology. At Hearing Solutions Group, we are here to help you keep your mind sharp!
Watch the Video Below to Learn More About the Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia
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If you believe you or a loved one is at risk for dementia due to hearing loss, click the button below to schedule your complimentary hearing assessment and treatment consultation. Don’t struggle unnecessarily to hear your friends and family. Visit one of our state-of-the-art hearing clinics to learn more about hearing loss and dementia in Hopkins and Shorewood, MN, today.
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