Cognitive Disorders and Hearing Loss
Millions of people across the nation suffer from some level of hearing loss. Often, hearing loss is associated with other conditions that can affect an individual’s physical and mental health. At Beltone Tristate, we offer education and care for patients suffering from afflictions such as auditory deprivation, dementia, and tinnitus.
If hearing loss goes untreated for prolonged periods of time, the brain is more likely to forget how to hear. This condition is called auditory deprivation - where the auditory centers of your brain are literally deprived and lose the ability to understand speech. This condition can affect individuals who have hearing loss but do not use hearing aids, wear hearing aids with old settings, or only use one hearing aid when they are in need of two.
Individuals who suffer from dementia tend to have memory loss, impaired judgement, and the ability to focus. Recently, research has shown that hearing loss can increase a person’s risk for dementia. Though there is no definitive reason as to why, scientists think one reason may be due to the stress of straining to understand what they are hearing.
A common symptom of hearing loss is tinnitus, a condition in which a person experiences a ringing, buzzing, or roaring sound in one or both ears. Though it is most commonly a symptom of hearing loss, it can often be caused by ear infections and other, more serious, conditions. Tinnitus is not life threatening, but it can severely limit one’s ability to enjoy everyday life and regular activities.
The team at Beltone Tristate believes in treating our patients holistically. As such, we work to treat all of our patients symptoms with care, dedication, and award-winning hearing devices. We offer free screenings which can help prevent cognitive disorders such as auditory deprivation. To learn more about our services, contact us today.