The Link Between Your Health and Your Hearing
Hearing loss is not only frustrating for those who have it but also for their loved ones. When you can’t hear sounds around you it can have a negative impact on your health. Understanding how your body works and its connections can help you to prevent hearing loss. Early identification and treatment of a potential hearing loss helps to minimize risks later in life.
Studies have shown that when a person has a hearing loss, their brain changes and increases the risk for dementia. When the hearing section of the brain grows inactive, it results in tissue loss and changes in the brain structure. The brain begins to atrophy more quickly than someone with normal hearing.
According to several major studies done throughout the years, older adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, compare to those with normal hearing. Unfortunately the risk increases as a person’s hearing loss worsens.
Hearing loss has been studied throughout the years and many health connections have been made. Hearing loss has been linked to Dementia, Cognitive decline, heart disease, sleep apnea, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes.
The good news is that hearing aids can help! Numerous studies have shown that hearing aids not only improve a person’s hearing – they also help preserve a person’s independence, mental abilities, and emotional and physical health. Keeping your brain active allows you to remain active.