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Dementia and age-related hearing loss are two of the most common age-related diseases, affecting ~50 million in the US and 466 million worldwide.
Dementia Increases with Hearing Loss
In a study that tracked 639 adults for nearly 12 years, Johns Hopkins expert Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D, and his colleagues found that mild hearing loss doubled dementia risk. Moderate loss tripled risk, and people with a severe hearing impairment were five times more likely to develop dementia. John's Hopkins
Hearing Loss and Dementia: The Silent Connection
Hearing loss and dementia are more common as you get older. The latest research shows that’s no coincidence. The two are linked.
Scientists are finding more and more evidence that trouble with hearing makes you more likely to go on to have dementia, a condition marked by memory loss and trouble with thinking, problem-solving, and other mental tasks. WebMd
Hearing Loss is Associated With Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s remains the most common type of dementia in both Western and Asian populations, accounting for about 11% of Americans aged 65 years and older.
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Cognitive Function and Hearing Loss
A study tested the hearing and cognitive abilities of nearly 2,000 adults between ages 75-84. Those with hearing loss lost cognitive abilities up to 40% more quickly than typical-hearing participants. Additionally, participants with hearing loss developed cognitive issues on average three years sooner than those with typical hearing. The decline of cognitive ability impairs other brain functions, such as thinking and memory retention. Hearing Health Foundation
Balance Disorders and Hearing Loss
Our ears play an important and large role in our balance. One study that found that even a mild hearing loss means you are “three times more likely to have a history of falling.” The older someone is the more dangerous these falls can be. Hearing Health Foundation
There are many causes of hearing loss. In general, hearing loss is considered a natural part of the aging process and can develop independently or in combination with other systems in the body. Balance disorders occur because of issues in the inner ear. Depending on the underlying cause, these two could be related or could occur separate from one another. Balance disorders are evaluated with audiologic testing, videonystagmography (VNG) and often magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
5 Ways to Prevent Hearing Loss
1. Avoid loud noises
The best way to avoid noise-induced hearing loss is to keep away from loud noise as much as you can.
2. Take care when listening to music
Listening to loud music through earphones and headphones is one of the biggest dangers to your hearing.
3. Protect your hearing during loud events and activities
To protect your hearing during loud activities and events (such as at nightclubs, gigs or sports events):
4. Take precautions at work
If you're exposed to loud noises through your work, speak to your human resources (HR) department or occupational health manager.
5. Get your hearing tested
Get a hearing test as soon as possible if you're worried you might be losing your hearing. The earlier hearing loss is picked up, the earlier something can be done about it.
Tips for Choosing the Right Hearing Protection
We live in a noisy world. Some noises can damage our hearing, leading to hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and difficulty communicating especially in background noise. Permanent noise-induced hearing damage is incurable. If you cannot reduce your noise exposure by turning down the volume, moving away from the sound, or limiting the time you are exposed, hearing protection is your only option.
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