Woman with hearing loss doing dishes because she forgot to turn the dishwasher on.

Lately, Chris has been a little bit forgetful. She forgot her doctor’s appointment for the second month in a row (now she has to reschedule again). And she even forgot to run the dishwasher before bedtime (looks like she’ll be handwashing her coffee cup today). Lately, she’s been allowing things fall through the cracks. Strangely, Chris doesn’t actually feel forgetful…she simply feels mentally drained and fatigued all the time.

Only after that feeling is sneaking up on you, will you begin to recognize it. Often, though, the trouble isn’t your memory, despite how forgetful you may appear. The real issue is your hearing. And that means there’s one small device, a hearing aid, that can help you significantly improve your memory.

How to Improve Your Overall Cognitive Function And Memory

So, step one to improving your memory, to get everybody’s name right at your next meeting or to make sure you arrange that day off for your dentist appointment, is to have your hearing tested. A standard hearing screening will be able to determine if you have hearing loss and how bad any impairment may be.

Chris hasn’t recognized any symptoms of hearing loss yet so she hesitates to schedule an appointment. She doesn’t really have difficulty hearing in a crowded room. And she’s never had a difficult time hearing any of her team members at work.

But she may have some degree of hearing loss even though she hasn’t observed any symptoms yet. As a matter of fact, memory loss is often one of the very first noticeable signs of hearing loss. And strain on the brain is the base cause. This is how it works:

  • Slowly and almost imperceptibly, your hearing begins to diminish.
  • However mild, your ears begin to detect a lack of sound input.
  • The sounds that you can hear, have to be amplified and interpreted which causes your brain to work extra hard.
  • You can’t notice any real difference but in order to make sense of sound your brain needs to work extra hard.

Your brain only has so much processing power which can really be stressed by that kind of strain. So things such as memory and cognitive function get pushed to the back.

Hearing Loss And Dementia

When loss of memory is extreme, the result could be dementia. And there is a connection between dementia and hearing loss, though there are a number of other factors involved and the cause and effect relationship continues to be somewhat uncertain. Still, there is an elevated danger of cognitive decline with those who have untreated hearing loss, which can begin as memory loss and ultimately (over the years) develop into more severe problems.

Hearing Aids And Preventing Fatigue

That’s the reason why dealing with your hearing loss is indispensable. According to one study, 97.3% of those who suffer from hearing loss who wore hearing aids for at least 18 months showed a significant stabilization or increase in their cognitive functions.

Similar benefits have been observed in several other studies. Hearing aids are really helpful. Your general cognitive function gets better when your brain doesn’t have to struggle as hard to hear. Memory loss and problems with cognitive function can have lots of complex factors and hearing aids aren’t always a magic bullet.

Memory Loss Can be The First Sign of Hearing Loss

This form of memory loss is mostly because of mental fatigue and is usually temporary. But that can change if the underlying issues remain neglected.

So if you’re observing some loss of memory, it can be an early sign of hearing loss. When you first notice those symptoms, you should make an appointment with your hearing specialist. As soon as your underlying hearing problems are addressed, your memory should return to normal.

And your hearing will most likely improve as well. A hearing aid can help slow the decline in your hearing. In this way, your total wellness, not only your memory, could be enhanced by these little devices.

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