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Hearing Loss and Brain Activity- New Updates

Monday, December 11, 2017 9:53:44 AM Australia/Melbourne

Hearing Loss and Brain ActivityIt’s crazy to think how many different pieces of your health are related to each other. When your eyesight goes, you’re not able to complete half of your daily tasks. When you lose the use of a limb, it can impede your mood. Sometimes these pieces are totally unrelated but they can really change the quality of your life. As you might imagine, your brain and your hearing are pretty intertwined. There are parts of your ears that directly speak to your brain, powering the mechanisms behind some of your most important ideas and actions.

 

Now there is a new study in the Annals of the Academy of Medicine- Singapore. In a nutshell, more than 400,000 adults in Singapore are impacted by hearing loss. Moreover, over 100,000 have a hearing impairment that could be described as disabling. These statistics are expected to increase rapidly within the next 15 years. Here are some additional fun facts:

 

  • Hearing impairment will double by 2030
  • Almost 10% of adults just between the ages of 60 and 69 will be impacted by disabling hearing loss
  • This number increases to 22% for ages 70 to 79
  • This number rises even more to 35% for those polled that were 80 years of age or older
  • 30-40% acceleration of cognitive decline can be correlated to hearing loss

 

Though that last fun fact is the most pertinent to the topic of this article, here’s the most surprising statistic that we’d like to focus on today – only 28% of those impacted by hearing loss leverage the hearing aids that their doctors recommend to them. It’s important to note that this information was provided by nessa Asia. nessa Asia is a local start-up which provides hearing services that are subscription based.

 

Experts know that there’s a problem. The study referenced calls out Associate Professor Reshma Merchant. Merchant is the Head and Senior Consultant of the National University Hospital’s Division of Geriatric Medicine. The challenge here is that too many of the age demographics studied are going undiagnosed and living without the tools and processes that they need to improve their quality of life. There are many side effects associated, as frequent visitors to the Hearlink blog already know. These can include everything from social isolation to hypertension and heart disease. As we mentioned above, these pieces of your health can be totally unrelated but severely impact each other. That’s why it’s so important to reach out to your general doctor or your audiologist if you think you have an issue with your hearing.

 

We’re lucky to live in a day and age where technology supports so many rapid advances in support for a number of health challenges, including hearing loss. When you work with Hearlink, you’re working with a trained audiology professional, who won’t just provide the tools that you need; they’ll also ensure that you have the necessary emotional support. So reach out today, the Hearlink team is excited to hear from you and change your life for the better.

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Hearlink Admin