Mount Pleasant, SC (PRWEB) February 08, 2016
Hearing loss has long been known to create barriers to communication, resulting in frustration for all parties and a general feeling of disconnection. But it turns out that there’s more to hearing loss than simply missing out on a few conversations. The latest research has revealed the real cost—and the true dangers of—impaired hearing.
To raise public awareness of these important findings, Advanced Hearing Care has published an article titled The Real Cost of Hearing Loss. The article discusses two studies in particular that those with hearing loss should be aware of.
The first study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, shows that hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. Similar studies have been conducted by Johns Hopkins University with similar findings, connecting hearing loss with cognitive decline, depression, and in some instances, dementia.
The second study, also out of Johns Hopkins University, has found a connection between hearing loss and higher mortality rates. While the connection between hearing loss and mortality is unclear, the thought is that hearing loss, by decreasing cognitive function, sociability, and physical activity, leads to a general decline in overall health.
The positive side to the research is the finding that hearing aids can prevent cognitive decline in older adults, thus avoiding several serious complications. The study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that those who used hearing aids did not experience cognitive decline to a greater degree than those with normal hearing.
The implication is that wearing hearing aids stimulates the sound and language processing areas of the brain and keeps people socially and physically active—all leading to better overall health and a higher quality of life.
About Advanced Hearing Care
Advanced Hearing Care is a full-service audiology practice located in Mount Pleasant South Carolina. The practice offers comprehensive hearing care services to help members of the local community hear better, live better, and reconnect with loved ones.
Dr. Mary Anne Larkin, Au.D.
Advanced Hearing Care