- Due genetic traits & family history we are told that Alzheimer’s & Dementia could be a high probability & that right now there is nothing we can do to prevent it, yet on a daily basis I see new discoveries that give us hope.
- Memory loss and confusion are among the most frightening aspects of aging but is it Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?
- A recent study from the University of Toronto suggests that at least some forgetfulness may be due to hearing troubles.
- The research, published the Canadian Journal on Aging. The researchers performed cognitive screens of elderly who complained about forgetfulness & found that while most of patients’ brains were functioning fine—it was their hearing that was at fault (Yet only 20% were wearing a hearing aid).
- According to a prior study, untreated hearing loss & having trouble communicating are risk for social isolation and loneliness—conditions that can contribute to dementia.
- The bottom line is you can’t remember something you’ve never heard & you can’t follow directions if you can’t hear them…no matter how good your brain works.
- If you or your family member appear to have memory & cognitive issues, please ask your Doctor to recommend a Hearing Screen, because it may not be Dementia or Alzheimer’s after all!
- If you are an M.D., consider adding a Hearing Screen to your Dementia & Alzheimer’s diagnostic tool box.