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

Chris has been somewhat forgetful recently. For the second month in a row, she forgot her doctor’s appointment and needs to reschedule. And she even forgot to run the dishwasher before bedtime (looks like she’ll be handwashing her coffee cup today). Things have been getting lost lately. Chris has been feeling mentally exhausted and depleted all the time but, curiously, she doesn’t feel forgetful.

It can be difficult to put your finger on that feeling until it’s sneaking up on you. But despite how forgetful you may feel, the problem isn’t actually about memory. Your hearing is the real issue. And that means there’s one small device, a hearing aid, that can assist you to considerably improve your memory.

How to Enhance Your Overall Cognitive Function And Memory

So, having a hearing exam is the first step to enhance your memory so you will not forget that eye exam and will remember everyone’s name in the next meeting. A typical hearing examination will be able to figure out if you have hearing loss and how severe any impairment might be.

Chris hasn’t detected any symptoms of hearing loss yet so she hesitates to schedule an appointment. She doesn’t really have an issue hearing in a noisy room. And when she’s working, she doesn’t have a problem hearing team members.

But she might have some level of hearing loss despite the fact that she hasn’t noticed any symptoms yet. Actually, one of the first signs of hearing impairment is loss of memory. And strain on the brain is the root cause. This is how it works:

  • Your hearing begins to fade, maybe so gradually you don’t realize.
  • However slight, your ears begin to detect a lack of sound input.
  • Your brain starts working a little bit harder to translate and amplify the sounds you can hear.
  • You can’t notice any real difference but in order to make sense of sound your brain has to work overtime.

That type of continuous strain can be really difficult on your brain’s limited resources. So things such as memory and cognitive function take a back seat.

Hearing Loss And Dementia

When loss of memory is extreme, the result could be dementia. And there is a link between hearing loss and dementia, though there are a number of other factors at work and the cause and effect relationship is still rather uncertain. Still, individuals with neglected hearing loss, over time, are at an increased risk for having cognitive decline, which can start as memory loss and eventually (over the years) develop into more severe issues.

Hearing Aids And Preventing Fatigue

This is why it’s important to deal with your hearing loss. As stated in one study, 97.3% of those who suffer from hearing loss who wore hearing aids for at least 18 months showed a noticeable stabilization or improvement in their cognitive abilities.

Similar benefits have been seen in several other studies. Hearing aids really help. When your brain doesn’t need to strain quite as hard, your general cognitive function gets better. Memory loss and issues 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 type of memory loss is almost always temporary, it’s a sign of exhaustion more than a fundamental change in how your brain operates. But if the fundamental issues are not dealt with, that can change.

Loss of memory, then, can be somewhat of an early warning system. You should schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist as soon as you detect these symptoms. Your memory will likely go back to normal when your fundamental hearing problems are addressed.

And your hearing will probably get better also. The decline in your hearing will be slowed substantially by wearing hearing aids. In a sense, your total wellness, not only your memory, could be enhanced by these little devices.

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