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Older adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to suffer cognitive decline, increased fall risk and accelerated brain tissue loss than adults with no hearing impairment. However, studies show that problems with memory and problem-solving are less severe when people wear hearing aids.
Millions of Americans over age 50 have some form of hearing loss, but only a small percentage of those needing a hearing aid get one, leaving the problem and its consequences untreated. Additionally, social isolation and loneliness are risk factors for cognitive decline, and may contribute to cognitive weakening in people with untreated hearing loss.
As you age, it's important to have your hearing tested and to have any hearing loss treated to lessen the potential effects of Alzheimer's/dementia and cognitive decline. Hearing aids are a well-tested tool to improve hearing. By treating hearing loss, older adults are able to maintain a more active lifestyle while reducing fall risk and preserving brain tissue and cognitive functioning.
We can diagnose and treat many types of hearing loss.
How do you define health? Physical? Mental? Social? Health goes beyond medical care. It's how we take care of ourselves, how we interact with our communities, how we take care of each other.
Let St. Luke's support your health, however you define it.