Over the last two months, we have been discussing some relationships between hearing and health. Today's topic is hearing loss and cognitive decline. Several studies have indicated a significant correlation between hearing loss and loss of cognitive functions. Adults with hearing loss are more likely to develop problems thinking and remembering than adults with normal hearing. Degraded hearing may force the brain to devote too much of its energy to processing sound.
People with hearing loss experience a 30-40% greater decline in thinking abilities compared to those without hearing loss. For example, adults with mild hearing loss are two times more likely to develop dementia; adults with moderate hearing loss are three times more likely to develop dementia; and adults with severe loss are four times more likely to develop dementia. In general, adults with hearing loss develop a significant impairment in their cognitive abilities 3.2 years sooner than those with normal hearing.
So please remember that taking care of your hearing is important to maintaining your overall health. Click here for prevention information.