We recently found out my grandmother is in the beginning stages of memory loss. It has really brought to home the difficulties that ensue when our brain is just not as healthy as it should be. I have been urging both she and my grandpa to be more consistent and vigilant in her use of her hearing aids.
Hearing health and brain health are inextricably linked. Several studies by Dr. Lim at Johns Hopkins, and the recent study released last November by Dr. Amieva (whom I was privileged to hear lecture last year) show definitive links between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Dr. Amieva's research showed for the first time that consistent use of hearing aids slows that decline in those with hearing loss.
I guess you could say I am on a crusade. I want people to know that hearing loss and its associated cognitive decline can be avoided. Hearing aids can keep you socially engaged, reduce anxiety and depression, and keep vital information pathways in your brain open and useful.
Hearing health and brain health keep you active, healthy, and in a position to get the most out of life. If you would like more information, call our office today. I'd be happy to discuss any questions you might have, and show you how hearing technology, properly fit, can make a huge difference in your life.