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Dementia & Hearing Loss: What Can We Do?

Dementia & Hearing Loss: What Can We Do?

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As we age, it's common to experience a decline in our hearing abilities. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including exposure to loud noises, genetics, and certain medical conditions. Unfortunately, hearing loss can have far-reaching consequences beyond simply having difficulty hearing.

Recent research has shown that there is a strong connection between hearing loss and dementia. In fact, studies have found that individuals with mild hearing loss are twice as likely to develop dementia, while those with severe hearing loss are five times as likely. This is a concerning finding, as dementia is a debilitating condition that can severely impact an individual's quality of life.

So, why is there a link between hearing loss and dementia? One theory is that when an individual experiences hearing loss, their brain has to work harder to interpret sounds. This extra effort can lead to cognitive fatigue, which can impair memory and other cognitive abilities. Additionally, social isolation is more common in individuals with hearing loss, which can also increase the risk of developing dementia.


The good news is that there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of developing dementia associated with hearing loss. For example, it's important to get regular hearing tests, as early detection and treatment can help prevent further hearing loss. Additionally, hearing aids and other assistive devices can improve hearing abilities and reduce cognitive fatigue.

It's also important to stay socially active, even if hearing loss makes it more difficult to interact with others. Joining a hearing loss support group or participating in activities that cater to individuals with hearing loss can help combat social isolation and reduce the risk of developing dementia.

In conclusion, hearing loss and dementia are closely linked, but there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of developing dementia associated with hearing loss. By staying proactive and seeking treatment when necessary, individuals can maintain their cognitive abilities and enjoy a high quality of life as they age.


If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, the first step is a diagnostic hearing evaluation from a trusted provider. Advanced Audiology of Greater Omaha specializes in diagnosing and treating hearing loss with hearing aids and other assistive listening technologies.


Call to schedule a hearing evaluation and consult or to find out if your current hearing aids are adjusted to match your target prescription. 


Call 402-758-5327 to schedule an appointment today!

Advanced Audiology of Greater Omaha at (402) 758-5327 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sam Gillespie.