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Consider the fact that approximately 5 million Americans currently live with dementia, a population which is increasing rapidly. Further, empathize with how this impacts their caregivers, medical providers and our beloved elders broadly speaking.

Or that overall, about 80% of dementias are in people aged 75 years and older, while the number of people with this condition is expected to increase to 66 million by 2030 and 131 million by 2050, driven by rising numbers of older adults.

Although surprising to most, we should be more societally aware of these statistics.

Given this remarkable information, Did You Know?

For those older than 60 years, the risk of dementia is closely related to the severity of hearing loss.

As we look ahead and think about the twilight of life, what can you and we do to prevent or delay the onset of dementia, while potentially reducing its severity?

Importantly hearing loss is one of the most important modifiable risk factors, along with related medical conditions and lifestyle issues such as diabetes, hypertension, smoking, social isolation and depression. There is growing evidence that social isolation is a risk factor for dementia, which once again, especially these days, emphasizes the essential role of communication wellness in quality of life.

Sensory overload or overstimulation appears to be closely associated, a key reason why it is suggested that proactively increasing cognitive reserves via physical exercise, intellectual stimulation and leisure activities may have preventative benefits. It is good to know that evolving research shows that best experiencing the joy of hearing may also promote mental resilience.

In the meantime, scientific study is focused on potential brain mechanisms for preventative strategies in dementia including preserved hearing, increased brain cognitive reserve, rich social network, reduced depression and reduced brain damage from vascular, neurotoxic or oxidative stress.

Once again, this highlights the fact that Better Hearing is Better Healthcare. Are you or any loved ones experiencing early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? By proactively seeing us for periodic evaluations, we can accurately diagnose your current hearing status and provide personalized solutions which empower you to hear your best, socialize in pleasurable ways and promote mental resilience.

We are here to help, compassionately so, consistently wanting to deliver the trusted wellness information you need and personal touch you deserve. From our perspective, learning more about how hearing loss relates to dementia and exploring healthy steps we can take together makes good sense.

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