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Why I am participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

     Many ignore their hearing loss because they feel it doesn’t really have a negative effect upon their lives. Yet, most hearing loss occurs so gradually that the wide ranging impact goes unnoticed, or is blamed on other factors.


     One of the most devastating aspects of hearing loss is the impact it can have on dementia and Alzheimer’s. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging concluded, “Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.” (Read More). A statement posted by the Better Hearing Institute states, “[W]hen an individual has both Alzheimer’s and hearing loss, many of the symptoms of hearing loss can interact with those common to Alzheimer’s, making the disease more difficult than it might be if the hearing loss had been addressed.”


     The link between hearing loss and dementia is not fully understood; there are a few different theories. However, it is clear that even if hearing aids do not prevent the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s they are an important part of the treatment. Properly fitted hearing aids increase social and cognitive activity and they reduce stress and fatigue. This means that even when people have dementia or Alzheimer’s they still need to have their hearing loss addressed. Unfortunately, people who have dementia often have their hearing needs ignored, because it is not believed to be important.


    On a side note, a person may appear to have dementia, or seem confused simply because they have hearing loss.


     Alzheimer’s and dementia has a huge effect upon the people SoundScape serves and has had a huge effect upon my own family. That’s why I am throwing my company’s little bit of weight into the fight against Alzheimer’s. Please join me by making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association and support the walk by making a donation to my team.



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