How Untreated Hearing Loss Impacts Cognitive Function
Hearing loss may be having a greater effect on your overall health than you realize. If you’ve been noticing changes in your hearing, it’s important to schedule a hearing test for early diagnosis and prevention of further complications like cognitive decline.
What is Cognitive Decline?
The term “cognitive decline” is often used to describe Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other diseases that impact cognition or brain function. Studies have shown that older individuals with hearing loss are more likely to develop these cognitive disorders and those who let their hearing loss go untreated can expect a more rapid cognitive decline.
The Effect of Hearing Loss on Brain Function
When your ears are unable to properly pick up sound, the brain has to work harder to translate those sounds into detectable speech. As the brain becomes overworked and strained, it is unable to work efficiently for other aspects like cognitive function. The brain can also shrink from lack of stimulation such as the lack of stimulation from processing sounds.
Another theory is that hearing loss is often associated with social isolation since those who are unable to hear find it more difficult to engage in conversations and social settings. Without socialization, the brain continues to be unstimulated.
Hearing Loss Treatments at NYHD
At NYHD Institute for Hearing & Balance, we can offer a series of tests for hearing assessment and help you find the right hearing solution to better your quality of life and overall health. Contact us today to schedule a hearing test and discuss options like cochlear implants or hearing aids. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance and we are here to help you thrive and maintain your best self.