Research is now showing that people with hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia that those with normal hearing.
READ MORE HERE Hearing loss and dementia or untreated hearing loss makes the brain shrink.
While this is been shown it has been shown that the use of hearing aids reduced cognitive decline and could delay the onset of dementia.
READ MORE HERE Hearing aid reduces cognitive decline or hearing aids stimulate brain activity.
Why may hearing loss cause decline in brain health and function?
The auditory process of hearing is processed in your brain, when a sound is heard and registered messages are sent by a network of neurons and synapses in your brain to recognition centre so you register and comprehend sounds and conversations.
When you no longer hear well you are not stimulating these pathways in the normal way, these pathways can become inactive, which causes changes within the brain, in the same way the loss of a limb affects the brain function. Loss of hearing can also cause social isolation, which leads to a cascade of other health issues both in mental health and physical function. With an overall impact on quality of life.
If you or your loved ones suspect hearing loss it is best to have your hearing tested early and regularly as restoring hearing will impact your overall brain health and quality of life.