January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and irreversible disease that affects the brains nerve cells which results in memory loss, behavioral changes and impaired language and thinking. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of Dementia; it impacts everyone very differently. It is hard to predict what symptoms will be present and how quickly they will progress.

Individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease can continue to live a healthy and active lifestyle for a number of years, but as the disease progresses daily activities can become more challenging. Eating a heart healthy diet, exercising your body and mind and staying engaged and socially active help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Staying socially engaged and active can be difficult for someone if they have an untreated hearing loss. Individuals with hearing loss have difficulty following conversations and therefore become isolated and withdrawal from social activities. Therefore, it is very important for all individuals with hearing loss to use hearing aids so they can continue to participate in social activities which stimulate the brain and thereby reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Additionally, in the world of hearing health there has been a lot of research looking at the association of hearing loss and cognitive decline. Studies show that individuals with hearing loss who do not treat their loss with hearing aids have an increased rate of cognitive decline compared with those who have a hearing loss and wear hearing aids or those with normal hearing.

If you feel like you have a hearing loss or are over the age of 50 and have never had a baseline test done, contact our clinic for a hearing evaluation from one of our certified Audiologists.