Improving Cognitive Functions

Several functions of the brain namely, memory, learning and thinking are all impacted by hearing loss. Contact Us Today to get help from our expert audiologists and benefit from the latest scientific methods and techniques for treating hearing loss.
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Our brain processes countless tasks throughout our day, allowing us to learn, plan, remember, communicate, see, hear and smell. But when we can’t hear well, our brain receives distorted signals, forcing it to work harder to derive meaning from the messages it’s receiving. And if we have a problem with hearing, we tend to struggle in our thinking and decision-making ability because the brain is overworked when trying to understand speech. There is even evidence that hearing loss can speed mental deterioration, which is involved in functions like memory, learning, and thinking.

An estimated 30 million to 48 million Americans have hearing loss that significantly diminishes the quality of their lives – professionally, medically, and socially.  And the more severe the hearing loss, the greater their cognitive loss over time. But according to the National Institute on Aging, using hearing aids can help preserve brain function in people with hearing loss as we age.

That’s where we come in. Hearing Unlimited offers an extensive array of both subjective and objective diagnostic audiological tests. We provide fitting and adjusting hearing aids with one of our providers serving Southwestern Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment today by calling 412-347-5550 or book an appointment online!

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FAQs on Improving Cognitive Functions:

How Does Hearing Loss Affect the Way We Think?

When we can’t hear well, our brain receives distorted signals, forcing it to work harder to derive meaning from the messages it’s receiving. And if we have a problem with hearing, we tend to struggle in our thinking and decision-making ability because the brain is overworked when trying to understand speech. There is even evidence that hearing loss can speed mental deterioration, which is involved in functions like memory, learning, and thinking. 

 

How does Hearing Loss Affect Our Mental Health?

If we can’t hear well, we tend to become socially isolated, which results in diminished cognitive stimulation and cognitive loss. But having the right hearing aids, according to research, makes patientst “more socially active and less likely to be depressed, worried, paranoid or insecure, and their family members and friends were even more likely than they were to have noticed these benefits.”

Can Hearing Loss Cause Depression?

When we can’t hear what is being said, we may become anxious and even suspect that others are talking about us behind our backs or saying things that don’t want us to hear. Anger, embarrassment and a loss of self-esteem are common emotional fallouts due to hearing problems. 

Does Hearing Loss Make You Feel Weak?

Untreated hearing loss can have physical consequences as well, including excessive fatigue, stress, and headaches. The symptoms can develop when patients struggle and strain to hear and understand spoken language.  Affected individuals also report more problems with eating, sleeping, and sex.

 

When Should You Consult Your Audiologist on Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss can occur so slowly that you may not recognize the problem until it is well advanced. We suggest that everyone have periodic exams to pick up correctable problems that may diminish the risk of dementia and will certainly improve quality of life. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends a hearing test “at least every decade through age 50 and every three years thereafter.

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