Understanding the Intersection of Cognitive Health and Hearing Loss With Flex Audiology

06/23/2023 | Cognitive Decline, Patient Resources

At Flex Audiology, we aim to provide comprehensive, personalized solutions to mitigate the risks associated with untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline.

The significance of our auditory senses is often underestimated until we encounter challenges that affect our hearing. Beyond the ability to interpret and understand sounds, our hearing is integral to our overall cognitive well-being.

At Flex Audiology, we are passionate about emphasizing the profound connection between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline, and our primary goal is to deliver fully customized, local hearing care in Lawrenceburg and Harrison.

We strive to educate our patients about the risks tied to untreated hearing loss and offer comprehensive, personalized hearing solutions to mitigate these risks and improve their overall health.

The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Cognitive Health

Hearing plays a far more significant role in our lives than we give it credit for. More than just an ability to perceive and interpret sounds, our auditory system plays a crucial role in our cognitive functions. Our ability to remember, pay attention, and process information swiftly is heavily dependent on our hearing abilities.

Multiple studies suggest a worrying link between untreated hearing loss and accelerated cognitive decline. People with untreated hearing loss are found to experience a 30-40 percent faster decline in cognitive abilities compared to their peers with normal hearing. Moreover, they have a significantly higher risk of developing severe cognitive disorders such as dementia.

The Mechanism: How Does Hearing Loss Affect Cognitive Health?

There are multiple reasons why hearing loss could lead to cognitive decline:

Cognitive Load:

Untreated hearing loss forces the brain to work overtime to process sounds, leading to an increased cognitive load. This heightened strain can result in fatigue and a decrease in cognitive resources available for other vital functions, such as memory and attention.

Social Isolation:

Communication challenges resulting from hearing loss can often lead to social isolation. A lack of social engagement is a recognized risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia.

Brain Structure Changes:

Over time, untreated hearing loss can cause changes in brain structure. The brain may divert resources from the areas responsible for hearing to other regions, disrupting the healthy balance of cognitive functions.

Preventing Cognitive Decline: The Role of Hearing Treatment

While the correlation between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline is concerning, early recognition and intervention of hearing loss can significantly mitigate these risks. Using hearing aids and other assistive auditory devices can help reduce cognitive load, improve social interactions, and slow down cognitive decline.

At Flex Audiology, we offer more than just hearing aids. We provide comprehensive services designed to improve overall auditory health. Our hearing tests can help identify early signs of hearing loss, making treatment more effective. Moreover, we offer fitting and adjustment services for hearing aids to ensure that your devices are tailored specifically to your needs and provide optimal support.

Journey Towards Improved Hearing

Immerse Yourself in the Flex Audiology Difference

Flex Audiology is steadfast in our mission to deliver the highest standard of audiological care, providing fully customized hearing solutions that match each patient’s unique needs. Our team of dedicated, highly trained professionals is committed to helping you understand the status of your hearing health and providing you with solutions designed to improve your overall quality of life.

If you are worried about your hearing or cognitive health, the time to act is now. Contact Flex Audiology at (812) 532-3011 to schedule an assessment. Begin your journey toward better hearing and improved cognitive health with us today.

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Dr. Person Au.D, CCC-A

Dr. Person has been a private practice owner since 2005. She currently specializes in hearing aids, tinnitus management and vestibular diagnostics, while operating in an unbundled service delivery model. Dr. Person is the host of The Unbundled Audiologist podcast. She serves as the incoming VP of Audiology for ISHA for a three year term. Her greatest accomplishment is creating a life where she can serve others while still spending quality time with her husband and two small children.