The link between Alzheimer's Disease and untreated hearing loss

Deprive your ears...deprive your brain

Statistics show that more than 1/3 of the U.S. population has a significant hearing impairment by the age of 65 and most of those people will wait an average of seven years before seeking help through hearing aids. As we wait, and as our hearing loss is neglected, an invisible danger is lurking. We are experiencing auditory deprivation.

Auditory Deprivation

Auditory deprivation is what happens as a result when our ears no longer transfer proper signals to our brain. The auditory nerve is failing to send the electrical stimuli to the brain and therefore the brain's hearing centers become weak. Just like a lack of exercise can lead to a weak body, auditory deprivation can lead to a weak brain.

John Hopkins University

Even mild hearing loss...doubled the risk of dementiaResearchers at John Hopkins University recently concluded a study including many volunteers over the span of two decades. The research found that those with hearing loss at the beginning of the study were much more likely to develop dementia by the end of the study. Even mild hearing loss, when untreated, doubled the risk of dementia, and the greater the loss, the higher the risk.

Alzheimer's

Treating a hearing loss with hearing aids is food for your brain.Untreated hearing loss has also been linked to Alzheimer's, a greater risk of falling, anxiety, stress and depression. Over time the affected person grows tired of saying "huh or "what did you say?". After a while, they simply start withdrawing or shutting others out.

So hearing loss is more than just hearing sounds. It's more than missing out on memories. Treating a hearing loss with hearing aids is food for your brain. If you or someone you love is having hearing problems, hearing aids can help avoid auditory deprivation and many other side effects.

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