THE LINK BETWEEN HEARING LOSS AND COGNITIVE FUNCTION

The Link Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Function

Hearing loss does more harm than you think; it may affect your cognition, which leads to a lower quality of life.

THE EFFECTS OF HEARING LOSS ON COGNITION

Research from Johns Hopkins discovered that hearing loss has a connection with accelerated cognitive deterioration in seniors. This link increases the likelihood of developing dementia and brain tissue loss over time compared to the elderly that retained their hearing as they aged.

People ‘hear’ with their brains and not through the ears; when an individual suffers from hearing loss the links in the brain that respond to sound have to reorganize.

According to Dr Arthur Wingfield, a Brandeis University Professor of Neuroscience, his study on cognitive aging and the connection between hearing acuity and memory revealed that hearing loss affects a listener’s ability to “hear” sound precisely. It also affects their capacity to assess and process higher-level cognitive function.

It specifically interferes with a person’s processing of auditory information and understanding of it.

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A study of Wingfield and colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis and University of Pennsylvania took an MRI of the effects of hearing loss on brain structure and activity. It revealed that people with poor hearing had less grey matter in their auditory cortex, a section of the brain that supports the comprehension of speech.

The good news is we can reduce the risk of cognitive decline due to hearing loss by wearing hearing aids. Hearing aids allow the brain to restore and maintain the function of the auditory cortex. The first step to reducing the risk of hearing loss related cognitive decline starts with a hearing test.

THE HEARING CARE SHOP

We, at The Hearing Care Shop, provide you with the chance to improve your hearing and manage the effects of hearing loss. We have one of the country’s largest and widest selections of hearing aids for sale online. We have a variety of hearing enhancement devices that cater to different needs, conditions and preferences.

We do not just tell our customers to buy a device; we also provide them with information about their options, which help them make the right choice.