Hearing Aids Mitigate Cognitive Decline in Older People

Hearing Aids Mitigate Cognitive Decline in Older People

Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A Cognitive Health, Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease

Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Jeff Baller is the owner of Professional Hearing Services, Inc. He is a Board Certified Doctor of Audiology through the American Board of Audiology. He received his Doctorate from the Arizona School of Health Sciences, his Masters degree from Lamar University in 1995, and Bachelors degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1993.
Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

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Health is very important to live a decent life and it is very important to take care of all health issues seriously. Yet, we often ignore problems that are associated with hearing loss. People all over the world often do not treat hearing loss problems as a serious issue in the early stage and they realize the issue when it is very late. It is important to take steps when the hearing problems are first noticed without any delay. It is also important to know about the symptoms and treatments that are involved with hearing loss. In this article, many aspects of hearing loss are described.

How hearing works

The way we hear sound is interesting. Our ear can constantly pick up sound signals and there is no way to turn it off unless our ear is damaged. First, the sound signals are received by the eardrums. There is a bone in our ear that is caused to vibrate because of the sound signals and the sound is then passed to our inner ear. Our inner ear is also called cochlea. The sounds are then transmitted to the auditory nerve by the hair cells in our ear. The signals are then passed to our brain and then it feels the sensation of hearing.

Understanding sensorineural hearing loss

The hearing loss that is caused due to the damage in the internal organs of the ear is called sensorineural hearing loss. Most people suffer from this type of hearing loss and it is a depressing fact that in many cases they are not treatable as the damages are caused to the internal organs of the ear. The most common cause of this type of hearing loss is the damage caused in the hair cells that are responsible for carrying out the sound signal to the auditory nerve.

Studies on untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline

It is very important to treat hearing loss as soon as possible because the conditions worsen if proper treatment is not taken. Many years of research show that hearing loss that is not treated can lead to severe problems like permanent hearing damage. The cognitive functions of the brain also start declining if no actions are taken. On the other hand, the patients that have started getting treatments have brought significant changes in their lives and their condition does not deteriorate more than before.

Seeking treatment for hearing loss

It is important to get proper treatments for hearing loss as soon as possible. To get treatment the first thing that is needed is to consult a hearing specialist who can diagnose your situation and give you a course of treatment. There are many sorts of treatments that are available for hearing loss depending on the nature of the disability. Hearing aids are most commonly suggested by the doctors to help the patients. The condition of the patient can further deteriorate if the treatments prescribed are not taken properly. Surgery can also be necessary if there is any need to fix any part of the ear that is internal.

Cognitive benefits of treating hearing loss

Cognitive activities can increase if the hearing loss is treated fast. There are some theories that scientists tested to see how they are related. It has been found that there has been a significant increase in the cognitive functions of the patients that are recovering from hearing loss. It has also been found that hearing aids have slowed down cognitive decline tremendously in many cases.

Scheduling an appointment with a hearing specialist

Scheduling an appointment with the hearing specialist is something that you should do as soon as you realize that you are having a hearing loss problem. In many cases, it has been seen that the patients have benefitted tremendously from early treatment. There are many signs and symptoms that you should look out for to know for sure if you have a hearing loss problem. If you are talking with a person and you cannot understand them or you have to ask them to repeat themselves often then it can be an indication that you need to consult a hearing specialist.