What makes this all the more dangerous for those with hearing loss is the slow speed in which hearing loss
progresses. For those experiencing it, it can fly under the radar, all while their brains work overtime in order to compensate for the sounds they are missing.
While this is happening, many of the brain’s key functions are being impacted significantly. Not only hearing, but speech and language cognition, and memory are being negatively affected, placing us at greater risk of cognitive decline than many other mid-to-late life risks.
However, continued research is showing that proactively managing hearing loss may slow down or possibly even delay the progression of cognitive decline.
This is why Associated Hearing places such an emphasis on annual hearing evaluations for patients over the age of 55. The sooner we can identify hearing loss, the sooner we can create personalized solutions for our patients designed to preserve the hearing they have, delay the progression of age-related hearing loss, and promote healthy brain function.
Research does indicate that the consistent use of properly fit hearing aids is key to this plan.
Additionally, having the ability to properly assess hearing and brain health means we can create better recommendations sooner for the patients who need it most. This is why we started using Cognivue Thrive as a part of our comprehensive hearing assessments.