Alzheimer’s does not discriminate by age. There are studies that show certain conditions, such as hearing loss, can accelerate or lead to the development of Alzheimer’s. However, you will learn that there are precautions that can be taken to help reduce your risk of developing this debilitating condition.
Dementia isn’t a specific disease, rather a clinical term for a natural part of the aging process. The condition describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Dementia indicates problems with at least two brain functions, such as memory loss and impaired judgment of language, and the inability to perform some daily activities such as paying bills or becoming lost while driving. Some symptoms of Dementia are memory loss, deterioration of communication & language, inability to focus and pay attention, impaired reasoning and judgment, and a decline in visual perception.
Think about if you or someone you know has been personally affected by Dementia or Alzheimer’s. These are horribly debilitating conditions that one can live with for years. Alzheimer’s and Dementia do not play favorites. It can affect anyone. Here are some examples of American Icons you may know who have been affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. President Ronald Reagan died at the age of 93, Perry Como died at the age of 89, Rita Hayworth died at the age of 69 – all due to complications from Alzheimer’s. Notice the wide range in ages. Alzheimer’s can affect anyone at any age, but due to a study done by Johns Hopkins, there are findings that suggest we can take certain precautions by managing other aspects of our health that will help us protect ourselves against cognitive decline.
These facts are not intended to scare you; this information is to inform you about the very real possibility that coincides with each of these disorders. Miracle-Ear has made it their mission to educate the community about hearing health, break down barriers and misconceptions about hearing loss, and inform the community of the additional health complications caused by hearing loss, in order to help give you some possible solutions that can safe guard yourself in the long run.
Alzheimer’s disease leads to nerve cell death and tissue loss throughout the brain. Over time, the brain shrinks dramatically, affecting nearly all its functions. In the photo provided you will see an illustration of a healthy brain, a brain with advanced Alzheimer’s, and how the two brains compare in size.
Now that we’ve established what Dementia is, what contributes to it?
This study conducted by Johns Hopkins linking hearing loss to Dementia and Alzheimer’s lists three theories on how hearing loss may contribute to this condition.
In short, if you don’t use it, you lose it. Hearing loss affects the part of the brain that processes speech sound. If you have hearing loss, then that part of the brain cannot be stimulated properly. Like other parts of our body, if you don’t use that part of the brain it will begin to deteriorate.
3 tips to battle against Dementia and Alzheimer’s
If you are experiencing changes in your hearing, frequently are asking others to repeat themselves, you feel like others are always mumbling, your family or friends comment that you have the TV or radio too loud, or you have not had a hearing exam in the last 12 months, you should consider having a hearing exam today. Contact our Miracle-Ear team for your Free Comprehensive Hearing Exam. Our knowledgeable staff will determine if you are in need of hearing help and will work with you to develop a plan of action. There’s NO Risk. No Obligation. Guaranteed! Please call Miracle-Ear at (888) 604-3146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We’re HEAR to help you Hear a Better Day.