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Hearing loss: The danger of silence


Most people believe hearing loss is inevitable as we are getting older and it should be “harmless”. Recent research published in The Lancet journal (one of the best in the field) showed that hearing loss could make us two times more likely to have dementia.






 




The dementia lancet commissioned report found that up to 1 in every 2.5 dementia cases is preventable when modifying the risk factors.


Hearing impairment is the highest modifiable risk factor for developing future dementia. Moreover, it can lead to depression and social isolation which are also contributing to further dementia cases.


Hearing intervention should be done early to potentially benefit your cognition. The hearing problem should be mitigated at the age as early as 45 yrs to reduce the risk; therefore, for most people by the time they are seeking help, it may be too late.


Get your hearing level check today. Please do not wait until it is too late.


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Reference: THE LANCET COMMISSIONS| VOLUME 390, ISSUE 10113, P2673–2734, DECEMBER 16, 2017, Dementia prevention, intervention, and care

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Miroslava Katsur 11 months ago

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Esther Hui 11 months ago

In what ways do you think we can encourage people with hearing impairments wear their hearing aids more often? E.g., my dad has a hearing impairment, but he thought it was too much of a hassle to wear his hearing aids every day.

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Nattawan Utoomprurkporn 11 months ago

That is quite challenging to persuade someone to wear hearing aids (HA). Some may feel that wearing HA is a sign of getting older hence needing extra support.
However, I believe if we spread more of the fact the NOT wearing HA may cause several consequences such as dementia, depression, social isolation. Wearing HA actually not a sign of getting older, but it is actually PREVENTING you from getting older. We may be able to create more acceptance of HA use.

A study showed that people who have hearing loss are 1.9 times more likely to have dementia in the future when comparing with their normal-hearing peers. With this information alone, I found that many people are more willing to try HA to prevent the risk :)

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Nattawan Utoomprurkporn 11 months ago

For your father, I believe the key, maybe the term "too much of a hassle". What does he mean by that?
Is it because the HA not fitted properly, so it keeps falling out of the ear? --> the earmould can be adjusted.
Is it changing the battery?--> we now have rechargeable ones.
Is it the aesthetic of the earpiece?--> Maybe the inside the ear HA can help.

Everyone is different in terms of their preferences. I try me best to tailor for what they want since they are the one that needs to use HA every day :)

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Esther Hui 11 months ago

Thanks so much for your insight.

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Georgie Cade 9 months ago

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