We’ve previously reported on research showing that hearing loss is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia. Now comes the strongest evidence yet that hearing loss is not only linked to cognitive decline and dementia, but that the use of hearing aids may help protect the brain from these conditions of advancing age.
Hearing aids have evolved so much overtime - it's hard to believe that a hollowed-out horn was the only option at one point! "Technology" didn't find itself in the hearing aid industry until the late 1800's with the invention of the telephone as the inspiration. It wasn't until the late 1900's technology was able to fit into something that only fit on your ear vs a device with wires you had to clip on your pants.
Discrimination is common in our world today for all sorts of reasons and hearing loss is no exception. Many people face this every day in both professional and personal settings. Hearing loss is known as the "silent disability" because you cannot see someone's hearing loss the same way you can see a prosthetic leg or someone's vision impairment.
Topics: hearing loss, Children and Hearing Loss, physical inactivity, Cochlear Implants, cognitive decline, depression, Hearing Loss in Children, workplace hearing loss, income loss, discrimination, sports, deaf, silent disability, social skills, relationships, self-esteem
Scientists have discovered that when hearing is damaged by prolonged exposure to loud noise, the brain may also experience the effects. Noise-induced hearing loss not only affects hearing, but it could also affect the brain’s ability to recognize speech.
Topics: noise, hearing, hearing loss, why you should address hearing loss, what causes hearing loss, excessive noise exposure, noise-induced hearing loss, loud noises, brain biology, cognitive decline, noise exposure
Ever wonder why some adults experiencing hearing loss might get distracted or tired easily? It may have to do with changes in their brains. Here's a peek inside the brain of someone with hearing loss.