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Recent studies conducted on patients suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s have shown that there is a possible link between these memory-related conditions and hearing loss. The studies have suggested that experiencing age-related hearing loss may, in some cases, be a precursor to dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. This is due to the fact that many hearing evaluation doctors and researchers now believe that hearing loss is more closely related to the health of our brains than was previously assumed. Here is everything that you need to know. 

Understanding the Studies

Many of these studies have been conducted in similar ways and each has generated similar results. The approach revolved around meeting with and examining various individuals of a similar age. Some of these individuals were suffering from hearing loss, while some were not. The meetings would continue over the course of a number of years. The researchers would then track which of the individuals were subsequently diagnosed with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s, as well as how quickly the condition progressed in each case. In the vast majority of these studies, those who had been diagnosed with hearing loss wound up with higher rates of dementia. Further to this, in many instances, the more severe the hearing loss, the faster the condition progressed. 

So, What Is the Link? 

Contrary to popular assumption, the studies do not suggest that hearing loss causes dementia or Alzheimer’s. Rather, they suggest that there is some sort of link between the two. Unfortunately, the exact nature of this link still remains unknown, although there are a few theories that have been put forward over the last few years. 

Some experts claim that hearing loss may change the way in which your brain functions. They claim that when the aspect of the brain that is responsible for processing auditory information becomes strained or is used less frequently, it completely changes how the brain functions as a whole, which could trigger dementia/Alzheimer’s over time. 

Others assume that hearing loss has a negative effect on one’s cognitive load. In other words, those with hearing problems need to work a lot harder in order to process information and complete day-to-day social tasks and conversations. When all of your mental capacity and energy are going towards this, there is less left for memory and other cognitive functions. 

Some think that social isolation may well be the link. It has been scientifically proven that social isolation does a person’s mental health no favors. Seeing as though many people who struggle to hear will avoid social situations as a result, there is a good chance that social isolation may play a role in the degradation of brain function.  

Finally, researchers believe that hearing loss and dementia/Alzheimer’s may simply have the same underlying cause, which is likely to be a separate health issue, gene or environmental element. 

What Is the Bottom Line?

Ultimately, suffering from hearing loss definitely does not mean that a dementia diagnosis is inevitable. However, what the link could mean is that reducing the chances of developing hearing loss in the first place could also reduce your chances of developing dementia later in life. Prevention is better than cure, so make sure that you:

  • Steer clear of loud environments, 
  • Get regular hearing assessments, 
  • Avoid using Q-tips to clean your ears, and
  • Protect your hearing whenever necessary using noise-canceling headphones or earplugs. 

Are you looking for a great hearing evaluation doctor (audioprosthologist)? Look no further than the Chenault House of Hearing. Our Beltone hearing care center now offers free hearing screenings! Contact us for more information or to book your appointment today. 


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The reality of the situation is that the older we get, the higher the chances of us needing hearing assistance in the form of a hearing aid. According to data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Survey, it is estimated that approximately 2% of adults between the ages of 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5% for adults between the ages of 55 to 64. Around one in four adults from the age of 65 to 74 have disabling hearing loss, with an increase to one in two of those 75 years of age and older.

In other words, your parents are more than likely going to require a hearing aid as they age. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to approach them with the request that they consider going for a hearing assessment. Some individuals may react defensively to the suggestion that their hearing is no longer what it used to be, while some may feel embarrassed, offended, or upset. The secret is to approach the situation with tact and understanding. Here are three helpful tips to keep in mind. 

Be Upfront but Sensitive 

Avoid ‘beating around the bush’, as this may make it seem that they really do have something to feel embarrassed about. The best way in which to get the conversation started is to be upfront, without being accusatory or brash about the subject. For example, you may wish to say something like, “Dad, I have noticed that you are struggling to hear what I am saying a lot of the time recently. Do you think that perhaps your hearing might not be at its best right now? Maybe it is time to go for a hearing assessment with a professional? I would be happy to go with you!” 

If he refuses or claims that his hearing is fine, do not harp on the topic. Rather, leave it be until another time when it is evident that he is struggling to hear and it is a good time to bring it up again in a similar manner. Just be mindful to never broach the subject in a ‘See? I told you so’ sort of manner.  

Focus on the Benefits 

Instead of pointing out how much your parent’s hearing has deteriorated and what they are battling to do each day as a result of this, try to focus more on the benefits that would come with getting a hearing aid. Explain how they would be able to be more involved in daily conversations, not have to turn the television up so loud and disturb the neighbors, and just generally enjoy a better quality of life. This realization may be just the motivation that they need in order to consider a hearing assessment.

Speak to Their Doctor 

Consider approaching their doctor if, despite your best efforts, your parent is just not listening to your suggestions for getting a hearing assessment. Unfortunately, in many instances, people will only be open to listening to advice received from a medical professional rather than advice received by their concerned loved ones! 

Here at the Chenault House of Hearing, we offer free hearing assessments and screenings. If it comes to light that your parent does, in fact, require hearing assistance, we can help them to find the hearing aid that best suits their needs and budget. We specialize in affordable and rechargeable hearing aids manufactured by Beltone. For more information or to schedule a hearing assessment with one of our professionals, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  


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Many people who are experiencing hearing difficulties expect to be fitted with a hearing aid and immediately enjoy crystal clear hearing and maximum comfort right from the get-go. Unfortunately, this idealistic expectation is rarely spot-on. For the vast majority of individuals who invest in hearing aids, there will be a period of adjustment necessary in order to get used to them and how they work. This is true for both bilateral hearing aids and binaural hearing aids. 


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These days, you generally get hearing aids that are powered either by disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries for hearing aids. There are numerous benefits associated with rechargeable hearing aids, hence the reason why they are some of the most popular currently available on the market. Here is everything that you need to know about rechargeable hearing aids, including why they are a great investment and how best to care for them. 


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Here at the Chenault House of Hearing family hearing center, we are proud to specialize in Beltone hearing aids. If you are suffering from hearing loss, this brand is a sure-fire way to improve both your hearing and your overall quality of life. Below are 7 interesting facts about Beltone hearing aids to help demonstrate why they are quickly becoming the hearing solutions of choice in the USA. 


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According to hearing aid specialists (also known as an audioprosthologist) and various studies, men are more likely to experience hearing deterioration than women. In fact, men are twice as likely to suffer hearing loss than women, and yet only half as likely to seek help for it. 

Another study conducted in Switzerland found that women were more likely to use their hearing aids regularly and for longer periods during the day than men.


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If you are someone who is suffering from hearing loss, you will likely be wondering whether or not your regular health insurance covers the cost of hearing aids. The truth, unfortunately, is that health insurers in most U.S. states do not ordinarily provide cover for hearing aids. That said, you will find plenty of cases where patients have been reimbursed by their health insurer for hearing aids that they have bought. So, it will be correct to say hearing aid insurance coverage not only differs between insurers but also from state to state. 


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If you are struggling with hearing loss, regardless of how minor or how severe, you will likely be looking into your options in terms of rectifying the problem. In your research, you will probably have come across two different solutions, namely hearing aids and hearing amplifiers. The question is, what is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other? What are the pros and cons of each? And, most importantly, which one is best suited to your unique circumstances and level of hearing loss. We investigate below.


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As someone who is suffering from hearing loss, you will undoubtedly be on the look-out for a solution that is best suited to your lifestyle, age as well as the severity of hearing loss that you have experienced. 

There are many different types and styles of hearing aids, which cover a variety of personal needs that include lifestyle, the degree of hearing loss, and other factors that should be discussed with hearing professionals. At Chenault House of Hearing, we work with the many different types of hearing aids and help our customers to pick the right device with the right features to suit their needs.


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