According to the Better Hearing Institute, older adults with hearing loss also appear more likely to develop dementia. As hearing loss becomes more severe, their risk increases. Researchers who conducted a study published in the Archives of Neurology found that the risk of developing Alzheimer’s particularly increased with hearing loss.
“There is strong evidence that hearing impairment contributes to the progression of cognitive dysfunction in older adults,” says Sergei Kochkin, PhD, Better Hearing Institute’s Executive Director. “Unmanaged hearing loss can interrupt the cognitive processing of spoken language and sound, exhaust cognitive reserve, and lead to social isolation—regardless of other coexisting conditions. But when an individual has both Alzheimer’s and hearing loss, many of the symptoms of hearing loss can interact with those common to Alzheimer’s, making the disease more difficult than it might be if the hearing loss had been addressed.”
Research has also shown that using hearing aids in addition to other appropriate rehabilitation treatments can help reduce symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
“A comprehensive hearing assessment should be part of any Alzheimer’s diagnosis and any hearing loss should be addressed,” says Kochkin. “Most hearing loss can be managed with hearing aids. By addressing hearing loss, we can help improve quality-of-life for people with Alzheimer’s so they can live as fully as possible. These individual’s—and their families and caregivers—face many challenges. Untreated hearing loss shouldn’t have to be one of them.”
If you would like to schedule an appointment at Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute to discuss your hearing health, please call 904-399-0350.
…Sara Clark! Congratulations on winning a set of premium hearing aids!
Scarlett fever damaged her hearing at two years of age. Even though Sara Clark, 46, has been wearing hearing aids for over 30 years, the brand quality has never been strong enough to compensate for her hearing loss. So when Clark heard about JHBI’s hearing aid contest on WOKV radio in June, she called in right away. And as winner of the contest, Clark received a set of premium hearing aids.
“I am very excited about the wireless technology with these,” she said. “I am a project manager in an environment that is varied in noise levels. Being able to hear important details about my projects is critical.”
Clark also received a free hearing aid consultation, which was offered to all contest participants.
“People need to hear to work and function in life,” she said. “It’s the little things one doesn’t hear that can become very big things.”
Staff from Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute will be participating in the Endless Summer Watermelon Ride in St. Augustine, Fla., on Sunday, September 11. Come out and support our staff riding the 34 mile ride at 8:30 a.m.!
The ride is sponsored by the North Florida Bicycle Club. Ride distances are 34, 70 and 105 miles, starting and ending at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. The routes cover lightly traveled country roads along either the Atlantic Ocean or the St. Johns River. For directions or more information, or to register for the event, please visit NFBC.
Team JHBI at the 2011 Endless Summer Watermelon Ride!