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Risk Factors Associated with Hearing Loss
The relationship between hearing loss and dementia has probably received the most attention in the press of all the risk factors reviewed here. However, just a few of the other numerous risk factors are mentioned below.
“Brain scans show us that hearing loss may contribute to a faster rate of atrophy in the brain,”
- Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D, Johns Hopkins
As you walk, your ears pick up subtle cues that help with balance. Hearing loss mutes these important signals, Lin notes. “It also makes your brain work harder just to process sound. This subconscious multitasking may interfere with some of the mental processing needed to walk safely.” Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among the elderly
Two studies have shown a link between hearing loss and loneliness. In Great Britain loneliness is a national epidemic in elderly males. We don’t have that distinction in sunny California, Yet!
Nancy Donovan and colleagues, Sung and colleagues at Johns Hopkins and the University of Oklahoma.
Hearing Loss has been independently associated with depression.
Mener et al, NHANES study
The relationship between hearing loss and dementia has probably received the most attention in the press of all the risk factors reviewed here.
Contrary to what many in the healthcare community assume, age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is not a benign consequence of aging. ARHL is associated with a number of psychosocial and physiological conditions.
Listening Styles / How to Hear Better
People with hearing loss may fall into one of three listening styles.
Communication Strategies Here are some things you can do to be a better listener
There are some basic things to remember to maintain strong communication in spite of hearing loss, no matter what environment you’re in.
Here are some tips:
Set the scene
The things to do before starting or joining a conversation depend on what environment you are in. Here are some tips to make communication effective and meaningful:
Sometimes, problems will occur in a conversation. You may not have understood what the other person said, or that person seems confused by your response. Here are some communication repair strategies to help get you back on track:
Hearing Health Care Professionals
There are three types of hearing health providers