As we age, hearing loss is considered, by most, to be part of the program. It is something that is viewed as inconvenient but safe to ignore. However, studies have shown that hearing loss can affect overall health, including mental sharpness.

An article on outlines several different ways that hearing loss may contribute to a decline in cognitive ability and even dementia.

  1. It’s harder to understand speech. …the brain spends more resources trying to compensate for the hearing loss at the expense of other processes, such as memory and thinking.”
  2. Vital portions of your brain shrink.” Vital parts of your brain, that play important roles in memory and sensory integration, are seen to atrophy as hearing loss increases.
  3. You withdraw socially. …When you can’t hear, you tend to withdraw from social interactions. The subsequent social isolation has been linked to cognitive decline in numerous studies.”
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If you feel like you are experiencing hearing loss or your family and loved ones are asking you to have your hearing checked, we can help. Contact us today to schedule your hearing test with the Cedar Valley Center for Hearing.