Hearing loss has the potential to affect health and well-being in ways some might never have imagined. A recent study indicated that older individuals with hearing loss have accelerated loss of brain tissue as well as a higher risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and poor physical and mental health. The study tracked 126 participants for up to a decade. Each participant underwent yearly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to trace and monitor brain changes. During that time, researchers found that those with hearing loss at the beginning of the study had a higher rate of brain degeneration than those who experienced normal hearing. In fact, those with diminished hearing lost more than an additional cubic centimeter of brain tissue annually compared to those with normal hearing!
At EAR & HEARING CLINIC, we feel it’s important that our patients understand everything they need to know about hearing, hearing devices, and any options that are available in today’s market. We take pride in educating our patients on everything involved in the process. To schedule a hearing consultation, call us today and begin to “Hear the Sounds of Life” again. As registered members of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario, we are among the highest qualified regulated hearing health care professionals in Canada.