Dementia-Hearing Loss Link Prompts Local Audiologists to Offer Free Hearing Screenings During Alzheimers Awareness Month
Washington, DC, October 31, 2012 - As evidence increases showing that there is a connection between hearing loss and dementia, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging hearing checks among Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. Because most hearing loss can be managed with hearing aids, BHI also is encouraging those with hearing loss to be fitted with hearing aids when appropriate. BHI’s outreach efforts come in recognition of National Alzheimers Disease Awareness month this November.
To make it easier for anyone to determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional, Nyce Hearing Center in Burr Ridge, IL is offering a free hearing screenings during the month of November to determine if a more comprehensive hearing test is needed.
Several studies have looked at the relationship between hearing loss and cognitive function. One such study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging, and published in the Archives of Neurology, found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing. The study also found that the more hearing loss they had, the higher their likelihood of developing dementia.
According to the Johns Hopkins press release on the study, the reason for the link between the two conditions is unknown, but the investigators suggest that a common pathology may underlie both or that the strain of decoding sounds over the years may overwhelm the brains of people with hearing loss, leaving them more vulnerable to dementia. They also speculate that hearing loss could lead to dementia by making individuals more socially isolated, a known risk factor for dementia and other cognitive disorders.
According to Dr. Jennifer Naill, Au.D. and Dr. Rebecca Boyce, Au.D., “We have seen numerous people who thought their memory was a huge issue in their lives. When properly fit with hearing aids that gave them access to the information they were missing, they showed improvements in several areas of their life including symptoms of depression, passivity, negativism, disorientation, anxiety, social isolation, feelings of helplessness, loss of independence and general cognitive decline.”
Rebecca Boyce, Au.D. and Jennifer Naill, Au.D. are Doctors of Audiology. Their practice is Nyce Hearing Center and is located at 361 South Frontage Road, #102, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. Telephone (630) 590-5294. www.nycehearingcenter.com.
About Alzheimer’s Disease
Source: Alzheimer’s Disease International
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia and accounts for 50 percent to 75 percent of all cases. It destroys brain cells and nerves disrupting the transmitters, which carry messages in the brain, particularly those responsible for storing memories. Alzheimer’s disease was first described by Alois Alzheimer in 1906.
For more information on Alzheimer’s disease, visit http://www.alz.co.uk/info/alzheimers-disease.