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Dementia and Hearing loss
Usually affecting people aged over 65, dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of the brain functioning and can be heartbreaking, not just for the sufferer but also their family and friends.
Many people believe dementia is only related to memory loss but this is not true. The syndrome can also be detrimental to your speech, your way of thinking, how you feel and how you behave.
The link between dementia and hearing loss
Gradual hearing loss as we get older is common. This can happen due to exposure to loud noise, injury or just simply ageing. Research undertaken by Professor Helene Amieva of the University of Bordeaux, and a Lancet study, found people with hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia as opposed to somebody without hearing loss while men are at an increased risk of developing depression.
The researches published this year show that hearing loss is the most common of nine modifiable risk factors that contribute to the risk of dementia.
A study among nearly 38,000 older Australian men has found a 69% increased risk of dementia for those who report having a hearing loss.
Earlier this year, a large French scientific study found, that people who said that they had hearing loss and did not use hearing devices had a significantly higher risk of developing dementia than people who had normal hearing or had a hearing loss and used hearing aids.
What can be done?
Thankfully help is at hand. Should you feel any indications of hearing loss, speak to one of our local hearing aid audiologists who may advise you to take a hearing test. Our experienced audiologists will be able to carry out a comprehensive hearing examination. Should you suffer from hearing loss, early diagnosis can help minimise the risk of dementia and its impact.