Reduce Risk of Dementia in Salt Lake City, UT
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Individuals with hearing loss are at an increased risk for developing cognitive decline and dementia. If you are looking to reduce your risk of dementia in Salt Lake City, UT, you’ve come to the right place.
A medical study from Johns Hopkins demonstrated that untreated hearing loss increases the risk of developing dementia by 200% to 500%. In addition, 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%! Whether you suffer from slight or significant hearing loss, your cognitive abilities are likely to be adversely affected.
Some signs of hearing loss include:
- 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
Connecting the Dots Between Hearing Loss & Dementia
Hearing loss can dramatically alter your mental health, lifestyle, and the way you interact with people around you. Here are some of its negative effects:
Social Isolation – Withdrawal from social situations is common in individuals with hearing loss. Feelings of embarrassment, fear of making mistakes in conversations, and feeling like you are not part of the conversation are common in individuals hearing impairment – even those with mild impairment.
Proper hearing health care can enable those with hearing impairment to maintain an active, engaging lifestyle. Keeping the brain mentally fit, with social interactions, communication, reading, playing games, etc., is a recipe for a long, healthy life!
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, 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; thus losing your hearing with aging effects much more than just your ears!
Cognitive Overload (Working Your Brain Too Hard to Hear) – Hearing loss is not normal, and neither is the excess strain that it puts on your brain. While hearing loss may be common, it is critical that hearing loss be treated. With hearing loss, the brain is constantly on ‘overload’ trying to fill in the missing pieces and follow the conversation. The extra time it takes you to follow what is being said in a conversation can really add up, and put excessive ‘wear and tear’ on your brain.
There is hope, however! According to recent evidence from Columbia University, today’s leading treatment options for restoring hearing can help to slow down or prevent the development of dementia. House of Hearing works to combat dementia by staying at the vanguard of hearing technology. We’re here to help keep your mind sharp!
Learn More About How to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia in Salt Lake City, UT, Today!
To experience our 5-star-rated hearing care, schedule your complimentary House of Hearing New Patient Consultation today by calling 801-657-4175 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. Your appointment includes an in-depth consultation, a discussion of your hearing loss concerns and goals, and an explanation of our process. After your consultation, we will recommend evaluative testing to get a deeper understanding of your hearing loss and the best rehabilitative methods for your needs.
Come experience our state-of-the-art hearing center! You will quickly discover that we offer high-quality, personalized treatment for hearing loss, tinnitus, balance disorders, and more!
As one of the premier hearing centers in Salt Lake City, UT, our audiologists, hearing instrument specialists, and team at House of Hearing also provide 5-star-rated hearing care to patients from Draper, West Jordan, Millcreek, Brigham City, Logan & Tooele, UT, and surrounding areas.