The Connection Between Diabetes, Dementia, and Hearing Loss
According to Stats Canada, 78% of Canadians aged 60-79 have hearing loss and 40% of Canadians aged 40-59 have hearing loss. Research shows that most people with hearing loss don’t think it is a serious health concern and simply ignore it. Health hearing is critical for your cognitive health, mental health, and keeping you connected with your friends and loved ones.
Why Treat Your Hearing Loss?
“Hearing loss is an important health concern which is often unrecognized and undertreated.” – The Gerentologist
Hearing loss effects more than just our ears. It is associated with cognitive decline, tinnitus, depression and a shorter lifespan. Hearing health is a big deal and it should be treated that way. The good news, is there is hope.
- Our hearing loss treatments are successful with over 95% of our patients.
- Treating hearing loss can reduce your risk of dementia, depression and falls
- Make hearing the world joyful again (no more struggle!)
- Hearing loss treatments are affordable and there is no wait list
- A quantum leap in hearing aid technology – get the best the world has to offer
What does the research say?
Every year more research comes out showing how important hearing health is to overall health and wellness. Its clear that hearing loss should be treated seriously and early. Our practice is evidence based and research driven but don’t take our word for it:
- Even mild levels of hearing loss increase the long-term risk of cognitive decline and dementia in individuals who are cognitively intact but hearing impaired at baseline. – The Lancet
- Hearing loss is independently associated with lower scores on tests of memory and executive function. – Neuropsychology Journal
- Hearing loss has long been considered a normal, and thus acceptable, part of aging. It is common: Estimates suggest that it affects two out of three adults age 70 and older. It is also rarely treated. In the U.S., only about 14 percent of adults who have hearing loss wear hearing aids. An emerging body of research, however, suggests that diminished hearing may be a significant risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia — and that the association between hearing loss and cognitive decline potentially begins at very low levels of impairment. -The New York Times
- There is now a significant body of research that strongly supports the importance of treatment for adults with hearing loss. Intervention not only reduces the social isolation, depression, and anxiety that untreated hearing loss can cause, but can also play an important role in minimizing cognitive decline and delaying the onset of dementia. – The Hearing Review
- Hearing loss can have many emotional and social consequences including social isolation, depression, safety issues, mobility limitations and reduced income and employment opportunities. – Facts on Hearing Limitations (Statistics Canada)