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Dementia and the Connection to Hearing Loss

By: Dr. Carrie Raz, AuD, CCC-A, Audiologist

In a recent study completed by the Lancet Commission found that hearing loss is one of the largest modifiable factors for dementia. You really hear with your brain. Your ears are the tools that bring the information in, but the brain is the processor that translates and gives the sound meaning. It has been proven that untreated hearing loss has several side effects such as depression, isolation, and cognitive decline. If you don’t keep the brain activated by hearing, then portions of the brain that reacts to sound will slowly decline. It is best for your overall health to have routine hearing test and treat hearing loss when it is discovered. 

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