Hearing loss is known to worsen cognitive decline in older adults and increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
But how is hearing loss and Alzheimer’s disease related?
When someone has hearing loss, they usually use most of their cognitive resources to help them understand and process sounds, leaving not many cognitive resources left for memory or cognitive function.
There are also other studies and theories as to other ways Alzheimer’s disease and hearing loss are related, these include:
- Long-term experiences of hearing fewer sounds may contribute to weakened cognitive ability
- The same mechanisms that can cause hearing loss may also contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Social isolation and reduced communication due to hearing loss may lead to cognitive decline, due to social connections and mental stimulation being important for brain health.
While ongoing research continues to delve into the intricate links between hearing loss and Alzheimer’s disease, studies conducted by The Lancet have estimated that hearing loss may be responsible for up to 8% of dementia cases—an alarming statistic.
At The Hearing Clinic UK, we realise the importance of getting your hearing regularly checked, and the effects hearing loss has on your social life, mental health and cognitive function.
This World Alzheimer’s Day, take the time to prioritise your health and future, and those of the people around you, by getting your hearing checked.
Call our team on 0333 320 7788 to book in today.