Hearing Aids Mitigate Cognitive Decline in Older People

Hearing Aids Mitigate Cognitive Decline in Older People

In Cognitive Health by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Jennifer G. Mayer purchased South Shore Hearing Center in January 2016. She was born and raised in Swampscott, MA. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing in 1996 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her Master’s degree in audiology from the Northeastern University in 1998. Dr. Mayer fulfilled her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) in 1999 at Hear USA and Cape Cod Ear, Nose and Throat.
Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

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Hearing loss is a dominant thing and it is increasing rapidly among people from all parts of the world. There are different reasons that can cause hearing loss. It can be caused due to an injury, internal damage in the ear, complications caused due to radiation and other things. It is important to know about hearing loss so it can be treated. People who are suffering from hearing loss should do research on the subject and know about all the new developments that are available to treat this condition. Scientists and doctors have been working on finding a cure for this problem. If you can spot the problem in the early stage then there is a better chance for you to get proper treatment of this disability.

How hearing works

Our ear is the reason that we can hear a sound and it can constantly hear sounds. The sounds cause a vibration in the eardrums. The sound then gets transmitted from the eardrum to our inner ear which is also known as the cochlea. The sound signals are then transmitted to the auditory nerves with the help of hair cells in our ear. The brain receives the sound signals and the sensation of sounds is produced and we can hear them.

Understanding sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is a very particular type of hearing loss that is caused when the internal parts of the ear are damaged. In most cases this type of hearing loss is permanent. It is the most common kind of hearing loss that people are suffering from. There are many different stages in this type of hearing loss such as mild, moderate and severe. Many studies are going on sensorineural hearing loss to find a proper cure for this disability and make the lives of the people better.

Studies on cognitive decline and untreated hearing loss

It has been found by various studies that when hearing loss is left untreated the situation gets worse very soon. Untreated hearing loss increases the cognitive decline in a person. Among many of the reasons for not getting an early treatment the lack of awareness is the most common cause among many people. Untreated hearing loss problems can significantly escalate for the patient and a mild condition can become severe in a very quick time and there won’t be anything that the doctor would be able to do.

Seeking treatment for hearing loss

There are many different types of treatments that are suitable for a patient suffering from hearing loss. It is important to properly diagnose the hearing loss problem to be able to find the reasons behind it so a proper course for treatment could be suggested. You need to find a hearing specialist that is preferably closer to your home as the treatment is long term so it would be more convenient for you. You can search online for a hearing specialist that is popular and also close to you.

Cognitive benefits of treating hearing loss

The most important benefit of treating hearing loss is that your cognitive decline would be slower. It is found through various studies that people who have been taking treatment for hearing loss showed more cognitive functions that a normal person. The cognitive functions seemed to be increased by getting treatment for hearing loss. There had been various research done to see the cognitive benefits in a patient because of getting treatment of hearing loss. The results should conclusive proof that getting treatment for hearing loss can increase the cognitive function in a person.

Scheduling an appointment with South Shore Hearing Center

People should be aware of the symptoms that are associated with hearing loss so they can detect easily if it is present. Then, contact us without any further delay. A common sign that you might have hearing loss is that you need to ask the person that you are talking with to repeat himself often. You might also hear an annoying buzzing sound in your ear when you are in places that are really quiet. You might also have trouble distinguishing sounds when there is a noisy background. We’re here to help!