March 16th, 2016 | General | by Andreas Seelisch

Treating Hearing Loss Improves Brain Health

With Brain Awareness Week upon us it’s only fitting to talk about how hearing loss affects the brain.

Treating hearing loss could mean the difference between a healthy brain or a shrinking brain on the decline.

A study found that people with hearing loss lost more brain volume or tissue than their fellow subjects who didn’t have hearing loss. The fastest decline was found in the regions of the brain responsible for sound and speech.

Untreated hearing loss

Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to:

  • Diminished communication skills
  • Less social interaction
  • Less brain stimulation
  • Accelerated mental decline
  • Higher risk of dementia
  • Trouble remembering
  • Trouble problem solving

Treated hearing loss

Most of the time hearing loss is treated with hearing aids. Getting hearing aids based on your level of hearing loss and your lifestyle can be the first step to aural rehabilitation.

When hearing loss is treated it can lead to:

  • Improved communication skills
  • Improved social interaction
  • Brain stimulation, which lowers the chances of accelerated mental decline
  • Keeps the brain fit

Dementia

The risk of dementia increases by 2x with mild hearing loss, 3x with moderate hearing loss and 5x with severe hearing loss.

A simple, painless, non-invasive hearing test is all you need to figure out if you have a hearing problem. So ensuring you maintain good hearing health is important and necessary.

If you would like to book a free hearing test at Hearing Solutions Click Here.

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