Association Between Alzheimer’s Disease andHearing Health Highlighted by BHI for WorldAlzheimer’s Day                Washi...
Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a widerange of physical and emotional conditions, including impaire...
Source: Alzheimer’s Disease InternationalAlzheimers disease is the most common cause of dementia andaccounts for 50 to 60 ...
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Association Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Hearing Health Highlighted by BHI for World Alzheimer’s Day

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http://www.swiftaudiology.com/ Washington, DC, September 19, 2011 – In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day, which is recognized around the globe each year on September 21, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is raising awareness of the association between hearing health and Alzheimer’s disease and is underscoring the importance of addressing hearing loss for the benefit of overall cognitive function.

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Association Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Hearing Health Highlighted by BHI for World Alzheimer’s Day

  1. 1. Association Between Alzheimer’s Disease andHearing Health Highlighted by BHI for WorldAlzheimer’s Day Washington, DC, September 19, 2011 – In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day, which is recognized around the globe each year on September 21, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is raising awareness of the association between hearing health and Alzheimer’s disease and is underscoring the importance ofaddressing hearing loss for the benefit of overall cognitivefunction.According to a study published in the Archives of Neurology, olderadults with hearing loss appear more likely to develop dementia,and their risk increases as hearing loss becomes more severe.The researchers found that the risk of developing Alzheimersdisease specifically increased with hearing loss. For every 10decibels of hearing loss, the extra risk of developing Alzheimer’sincreased by 20 percent.―There is strong evidence that hearing impairment contributes tothe progression of cognitive dysfunction in older adults,‖ saysSergei Kochkin, PhD, BHI’s Executive Director. ―Unmanagedhearing loss can interrupt the cognitive processing of spokenlanguage and sound, exhaust cognitive reserve, and lead to socialisolation—regardless of other coexisting conditions.But when an individual has both Alzheimer’s and hearing loss,many of the symptoms of hearing loss can interact with thosecommon to Alzheimer’s, making the disease more difficult than itmight be if the hearing loss had been addressed.‖Swift Audiology And Hearing Aid Service1-877-459-4413
  2. 2. Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a widerange of physical and emotional conditions, including impairedmemory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness,increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger,fatigue, tension, stress, depression, and diminished psychologicaland overall health.According to a study at Brandeis University, older adults with mildto moderate hearing loss expended so much cognitive energy ontrying to hear accurately that it diminished their ability toremember a short word list. As a result, their cognitive functionwas poorer than those individuals of the same age that had goodhearing.Studies also have shown that although a significantly higherpercentage of patients with Alzheimer’s disease may have hearingloss, they are much less likely to receive attention for theirhearing needs than their normally aging peers.Research has shown that the use of hearing aids, especially incombination with appropriate aural rehabilitation in amultidisciplinary setting, has helped to reduce Alzheimer’spatients’ symptoms of depression, passivity, negativism,disorientation, anxiety, social isolation, feelings of helplessness,loss of independence and general cognitive decline.―A comprehensive hearing assessment should be part of anyAlzheimer’s diagnosis and any hearing loss should be addressed,‖says Kochkin. ―Most hearing loss can be managed with hearingaids. By addressing hearing loss, we can help improve quality-of-life for people with Alzheimer’s so they can live as fully aspossible. These individual’s—and their families and caregivers—face many challenges. Untreated hearing loss shouldn’t have tobe one of them.‖About Alzheimer’s DiseaseSwift Audiology And Hearing Aid Service1-877-459-4413
  3. 3. Source: Alzheimer’s Disease InternationalAlzheimers disease is the most common cause of dementia andaccounts for 50 to 60 percent of all cases. Dementia is acollective name for progressive degenerative brain syndromes,which affect memory, thinking, behavior, and emotion. For more information call us at 1-877-459-4413 or visit http://www.swiftaudiology.com/Swift Audiology And Hearing Aid Service1-877-459-4413

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