Did you know there is a link between cognitive decline and hearing loss? Hearing loss prevents certain sounds and frequencies from reaching the brain. After some time, this can lead to your brain not recognizing those sounds or frequencies and forgetting them. If your brain forgets certain sounds and parts of speech, it makes it difficult for you to understand conversations and forces your brain to work harder just to understand.
Cognitive decline is when a person has a hard time remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making everyday decisions, and can range from mild to severe. Just because you have hearing loss doesn’t mean you have to worry about losing your cognitive abilities. Follow these three tips to prevent cognitive decline and to continue feeling your best.
Tips to Feel Your Best
- Wear your hearing aids. Hearing aids provide your brain with the amplification it needs to hear, and process sounds. Cognitive decline can be the result of not being able to adequately hear information and make meaning of sounds. Hearing aids give your brain the proper stimulation it needs to remain active and healthy.
- Don’t isolate yourself. Hearing loss can cause you to feel too embarrassed to socialize with other people. You may be afraid of mishearing the conversation or asking people to repeat themselves. Often times this leads to social isolation. Our brains need interactions in order to stay active and healthy. One of the best ways to keep mentally active is to engage with other people.
- Keep active. Being active, whether physically or mentally, is a great way to prevent cognitive decline. Regular exercise is good for your mood and your brain. Keeping mentally active is crucial as well. Reading, solving puzzles, and even talking with friends are good ways to stay mentally active and to keep your brain performing it’s best.
Following these tips will help you to be proactive about your overall health. The number one tip to follow is to wear your hearing aids. Hearing aids will help you brain by delivering sound and information. If you have hearing loss and are interested in hearing aids, or you need to upgrade your devices, then call us today. We want to help you stay healthy and feel your best. If you need further assistance with your hearing aids call our office today or request an appointment.