Skip Navigation
Skip Main Content

Pittsburgh’s Top-Rated Premiere Audiologists, serving patients in 5 locations throughout Southwestern PA!

Reduce the Risk of Dementia | Dementia Specialist - Pittsburgh, PA

Did you know hearing loss can be a harbinger of dementia? It’s true – one study from Johns Hopkins even found that hearing loss speeds up the advancement of dementia. That means properly caring for your ears is an excellent investment to make in your cognitive health and your long-term aging needs. 

If you manage age-related hearing loss, or you’re concerned about your current hearing issues, you may be able to decrease your chance of developing dementia using a professionally fitted hearing aid with the inclusion of rehabilitative hearing training, counseling, and environmental accommodations. Combined, these tools can help you lower the risk of dementia.

At Hearing Unlimited, we have a range of options – including aural rehabilitation, hearing aid fitting, hearing screenings and referrals, and hearing aid testing – designed to support your hearing health care needs. We serve all of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Making your care simple and offering it within reach for you is our goal. And with our house call visit program, you can even set an appointment and have us come to your doorstep. Call 412-347-5550 or book an appointment. We will help you choose the hearing test that’s right for you!


Hearing Loss Prevention & Treatment Services

Since hearing loss can actually speed up the progression of dementia, it’s imperative to get your hearing checked regularly in order to avoid cognitive decline. Hearing Unlimited’s experienced team of physicians recommends that anyone over the age of 50 get their hearing checked once a year. Don’t delay, schedule an appointment for a free hearing assessment today.

FAQs on Hearing Loss and Dementia:

How Can Aging Ears Affect so Many Other Aspects of our Health?

If you have a problem with your hearing, your brain works harder to deal with garbled sound, at the expense of other thinking skills. You may experience periods of short memory and forgetfulness.

Hearing loss also leads to depression and social isolation, which may limit your ability to be engaged with your friends in many common social settings. such as going to parties or going out to dinner in a restaurant where background noise might make it difficult to engage in a conversation.

Are There Warning Signs that My Hearing Loss Will Lead to Dementia?

You don't just wake up with sudden hearing loss. Hearing loss is a chronic issue that can begin at any age. And while dementia cases can show signs as early as your 40s, it is more likely to present after age 65. That means that patients have an entire lifetime to develop hearing problems that may, over time, increase their risk of dealing with dementia.

That said, long-standing research has shown the earliest warning signs can be a lost sense of smell. Changes in speech patterns may also signal the onset of short memory.

Does Changing Your Lifestyle Really Help?

According to the Alzheimer's Association website, maintaining strong social connections and staying mentally active as we age might lower the risk of dementia. Patients should maintain good cognitive and physical health by reading books; avoiding high cholesterol foods; maintaining a proper diet; avoiding smoking;  managing diabetes; treating depression and age-related hearing loss; staying physically active, and staying socially engaged when we age.

While exciting new research suggests that a cure for Alzheimer's disease may be possible, these lifestyle changes remain the best protection against dementia until treatments are widely available.

How Can Hearing Aids Slow the Progress of Dementia?

Research currently suggests that hearing aids take some strain off of an overworked brain, which may prevent deterioration that leads to dementia. Additionally, hearing aids can have a positive effect on their relationships. Better Hearing Institute (BHI) research shows that people with hearing difficulty who use hearing aids are more likely to have a strong support network of family and friends, feel engaged in life, and meet up with friends to socialize. 

When Should You Consult Your Audiologist?

Although dementia is diagnosed in later life, the changes that affect your dementia risk usually begin to develop years before. That’s why we recommend that if you are aged 50 and up, you need to have your hearing checked once a year.