The surprising link between hearing loss and dementia

What is the link between hearing loss and dementia? “Social interaction with others sparks new synapses in the brain. When we have hearing loss, we tend to become socially isolated,” explains Dr. Kristen Armstrong, AuD, Audiologist at ARC Medical Plaza Specialty.

She continues, “This (social isolation) speeds up the decline of age-related cognitive abilities like memory, concentration, and planning skills.”

What can be done? “Wearing a hearing aid and keeping your hearing as acute as you can, can reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia.” If you suspect hearing loss, or are concerned about a family member, make an appointment with Dr. Armstrong, AuD, online or by calling the clinic at 512-260-1581.

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