The connection between dementia and hearing loss
Most people who are 60 or older have progressive hearing loss. You can tell that hearing is declining when you gradually no longer perceive certain noises. This situation is anything but easy for the partner. Of course, this also applies to the rest of the family, because the person concerned can often no longer understand what has been said.
The more the hearing loss increases, the greater the risk that the person affected will be less and less able to participate in social life. This in turn increases the risk of developing dementia. Did you know that? The consequences of this then often have an impact on general well-being, and the cognitive abilities and the performance of the memory are also damaged.
This happens when you can no longer hear everything
If you suffer from the onset of hearing loss, then you can only hear fragments of conversations and noises from your surroundings or not at all. This leads to the fact that you, as the person concerned, switch off at some point and withdraw into your own world because you no longer take part in conversations. Your brain is less challenged and as a result, your cognitive performance decreases. The less you participate in conversations, the less information your short-term memory has to absorb and process.
Studies in elderly patients and in old people's homes have shown that there is a very likely link between hearing loss and dementia.
Dementia occurs when the information density decreases in everyday life. This means that you train your brain less and therefore stress less and less. This has the consequence that the cognitive abilities decrease. The research on this is not yet complete, but it is believed that hearing loss contributes to the dementia phenomenon. Signals can no longer be properly processed by the ear. As a result, they are simply ignored by the injured party. The brain is therefore less challenged because it has fewer impressions to process, and this reduces cognitive abilities.
You can take these preventive measures
In order to reduce the risk of dementia due to hearing loss, people over the age of 60 should have a hearing test carried out regularly by an acoustician or ear, nose and throat doctor. The faster a hearing loss is recognized, the more successfully it can be counteracted. This improves the overall constitution, which in turn can reduce the risk of possible dementia.
When you are prescribed a hearing aid, it is very important that you practice using your hearing aid as often as possible. In the best case scenario, at this point in time as many memory functions as possible are still available for the brain to work with. The more information that is still stored, the easier it is for you to use your hearing aid. This will allow you to easily integrate the use of your hearing aid into your everyday life. We would be happy to help you with such a hearing test. We support you in determining a hearing loss and also its degree. You can get advice on a suitable hearing aid from us if the result of the hearing test is positive. A hearing aid that is optimally adjusted to your needs supports you in the smooth transition from hearing impairment to hearing, and you will not forget any noises and tones.
You can take these preventive measures
This is how you get used to your new hearing aid - expert tips from us for you:
- Make sure you wear the hearing aid regularly and often, even if you are unfamiliar with it at first.
- Wear your hearing aid in a wide variety of situations, for example at a family celebration, in a restaurant, at an event or in the park.
- It is best to keep a diary of your hearing to record abnormalities in it. You will discuss this with your hearing care professional at the next appointment.
New innovative technologies
Time and again, new innovative technologies are developed that help your brain to completely convert the sounds received. The sound source does not necessarily have to be amplified automatically. Hearing starts in your brain. There the sound waves are recorded and cognitively processed. This is the only way what you hear can make sense to you.
The transmission should take place in the most natural way possible so that the noises from your surroundings arrive correctly in your brain. This will help you understand the language better and you won't have to strain to listen. The sounds are transmitted in detail according to spatial allocation. This creates a natural soundscape and your brain can orientate itself in it as usual.
Hearing aids that are equipped with such modern technology separate the individual perceived elements from the overall soundscape. Contrasts are increased so that noises can be heard filtered. This enables you to concentrate only on certain sound sources and on the essentials. Such hearing aids make your everyday life a lot easier.
This modern technology in the hearing aid creates a balance between the sounds. This relieves your brain enormously. As a result, you concentrate much better on the noises from your surroundings and on conversations.
Supporting measures through the most modern technology
There are many different measures that you can actively use for your brain training when dementia begins. Of course, these measures depend on the causes and reasons for your dementia.
In most cases, both communication skills and wellbeing improve tremendously. You take an active part in life again. With the right hearing aid, you can communicate better again, which in turn counteracts hearing loss.
Contact one of our partner acousticians and have your hearing tested soon. Don't waste too much time, you really should react as soon as possible. We will be happy to provide you with one of the hearing aids in question so that you can try it out and test it. With our support and the modern technology of these hearing aids, you can overcome many barriers in everyday life that arise from your hearing loss. You enjoy a better quality of life.
We support you in finding your individually tailored hearing aid if you suffer from hearing loss. This will give you more security in everyday life.