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Hearing Aids Proven to Improve Brain Health

How Hearing Aids Can Reduce Cognitive Decline

A recent study has proven hearing loss is a modifiable risk factor of dementia. As we age, the risk of dementia increases. When we get older, our brain “shrinks” a process known as brain atrophy – also known as cognitive decline or dementia.

How Are Hearing and Cognition Related?

You may think hearing happens in the ears, but it actually happens in the brain. As sound waves move from the outer ear to your inner ear, tiny hair cells send signals through a complex system of nerve pathways to the brain to process. Your brain then stores the information that it heard. If any part of your auditory system is damaged, blocked, or interrupted, it can lead to difficulty maintaining spoken information.

Managing Hearing Loss Can Help Brain Health

It has long been suspected that untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. When left untreated, hearing loss makes it difficult for the brain to hear and retain information. When this occurs, it can leave you feeling fatigued, forgetful, and more likely to withdraw from social situations.

Hearing loss is becoming increasingly common in people of all ages, but adults over the age of 60 are more susceptible. A recent study has shown that older adults who wear hearing aids can likely reduce their risk of dementia in half compared to those who don’t manage their hearing loss.

While hearing aids are not a cure, they can help you hear better, maintain communication, and can increase brain health. There is no down side to wearing hearing aids, so it’s best to consult with a hearing specialist sooner rather than later.

Be Proactive

At Hearing Unlimited, we can help you manage hearing loss so you can keep your brain healthy. We carry a wide range of hearing aids for the people of Monroeville, Pittsburgh, Clairton, and Irwin. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!