Â “Kindness is the languageÂ the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
What did you say? Speak up, youâ��re mumbling.
Does this sound familiar? Â If so, pay attention! Â Hearing loss puts you or an older loved one at risk for dementia.
Studies show that older adults with mild, moderate and severe hearing loss had a two, three and five-fold risk of developing dementia over time.
The more hearing loss, the higher the likelihood of dementia.
Why? Researchers suspect these explanations
Older adults with hearing loss use a lot of concentration to follow a conversation. This leaves them with less mental energy for remembering simple things like a short work list.
The strain of decoding sounds may overwhelm the brain.
Hearing loss causes social isolation for older adults. Isolation is a known risk factor for dementia.
Hearing loss increases symptoms of depression: Â passivity, negativism, disorientation, anxiety, feelings of helplessness, loss of independence
What to do
Get a comprehensive hearing assessment
Get hearing aids â�� forget your pride
Get appropriate aural rehabilitation
Veterans and Hearing Aids
If you are eligible for VA Benefits and suspect a hearing loss makeÂ an appointment with an audiologist. They’re part of yourÂ VA Health Care team. Â You’ll getÂ testing to diagnose and treat your hearing impairment. IfÂ significant hearing loss is detected by the Audiologist, hearing aids will be provided.
The hearing aids are provided at no charge or are significantly discounted.
The Veterans Health Administration has a contract with some of the leading hearing aid manufacturers so you still get good quality. Â Veterans are provided up-to-date hearing technology.
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