A study conducted by Harris Interactive for the MetLife Foundation in 2010 found that “Alzheimer’s disease is the second most feared disease among American adults, behind only cancer.” And though research is intense to combat this feared disease, it still looms over us as we age. While waiting for the medical community to make steps toward addressing this dreadful disease, what else might we do to curtail the effects of dementia on us as we age?
Interestingly, according to a 2011 study by Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging, there is a link between hearing loss and the development of dementia. The link is still being investigated, but the numbers are clear: those with untreated hearing loss experience a 30% to 40% greater decline in thinking abilities compared to those without hearing loss, or those who treat it with hearing aids.
So, in addition to all of the other reasons, like social isolation, balance issues, anger and frustration, we have another excellent reason to address our hearing loss. It is our link to a happy and healthy life. If you aren’t sure whether you are experiencing hearing loss, click here to set up an evaluation so you can know for sure.