Managing your hearing health
Hearing is one of the human body's most remarkable senses. It integrates seamlessly with our brains to help us connect with the world around us. Made up of a complex system of delicate and synchronous parts, it's easy to take this vital sense for granted.
Managing your hearing health is an important part of maintaining your overall health and well-being. If you get your eyes tested annually, and your teeth cleaned bi-annually, then why not test your hearing as well?
Issues with your hearing or your ears can occur for natural reasons, but other causes may surprise you:
Adults (50 years and older) with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety and paranoia than peers who wore hearing aids.1
Symptoms of untreated hearing loss and Alzheimer’s disease are nearly identical.2
Adults (75 years and older) with hearing loss experience a 30-40% faster declinein cognitive abilities than their peers with normal hearing.3
Adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia.4
Untreated hearing loss may result in serious long-term consequences to healthy brain functioning.5
On average, people wait 4.8 years between first noticing their hearing loss and finally taking action.6
1. Reinemer, M. & Hood, J. (1999). Untreated Hearing Loss Linked to Depression, Social Isolation in Seniors. Audiology Today, 11(4). Retrieved from: http://www.audiology.org/publications-resources/document-library/untreated-hearing-loss-linked-depression-social-isolation 2. Chartrand, M. S. (2005). Undiagnosed Pre-Existing Hearing Loss in Alzheimer’s Disease Patients? AudiologyOnline. Retrieved from: http://www.audiologyonline.com/articles/undiagnosed-pre-existing-hearing-loss-1009 3. Lin, F. R., Yaffe, K., Xia, J., Xue, Q., Harris, T.B., Purchase-Helzner, E., … Simonsick, E.M. (2013). Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults. JAMA Internal Medicine, 173(4), 293-299. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1868 4. Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2011). Hearing Loss And Dementia Linked in Study. Retrieved from: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_and_dementia_linked_in_study 5. Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2013). Hearing Loss Accelerates Brain Function Decline in Older Adults [News Release]. Retrieved from: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_accelerates_brain_function_decline_in_older_adults 6. MarkeTrak 9 Final Report. (2015, March). Hearing Industries Association