June is Alzheimers Awareness Month

The Connection Between Hearing Loss and Cognition-

If you break down what hearing is, it is a major component in our ability to connect with the rest of the world. Hearing loss is highly related to social isolation and loneliness, which we’ve known for a long time are related to health outcomes like dementia and cognitive decline. Sound has the power to stimulate the brain, which is why hearing loss has the potential to have a profound effect on health – especially among older adults. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 1 in 3 people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss. Hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline, though more research is needed to determine the degree of the connection. In terms of health, the primary concern as we age, is to maintain our ability to function independently as much as possible and hearing is one of the central elements of this.

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