Written by: Hearing loss affects nearly 36 million adults in the United States. Impaired hearing may be caused by many things.
- Older people are the largest group affected by hearing loss. The contributors range from excessive noise, drugs, viral or bacterial infections, head injury or head tumors, stroke and heredity. One in three older adults over age 60 has hearing loss. Nearly half of people ages 75 to 85 have hearing loss.
- Diseases and disorders that contribute to hearing loss include tinnitus, presbycusis (age-related hearing loss) and Usher's syndrome (a condition that causes both hearing and vision loss), among others.
Not only has hearing loss been linked to cognitive function, but now it has also been associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults.
As part of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) and the Agnesian HealthCare Audiology department are urging hearing checks. Knowing the status of our hearing health and acuity - and acting on it by seeking appropriate treatment - is a smart strategy for staying alert, engaged and active.
Minding our ears for the sake of our minds makes sense, and Gen Xers and Baby Boomers should be the first to take note.
For more detailed information from the well-respected Better Hearing Institute, consider reading this linked article: http://betterhearing.org/press/news/National_Alzheimer%27s_Disease_Awareness_Month_2013_pr101013.cfm.