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There is a lot of misinformation circulating about hearing loss. We’d like to set the record straight by offering you the facts. By providing you with the correct information about hearing loss, you’ll be able to make educated decisions when seeking treatment.
• Several studies have indicated that there is a connection between hearing loss, brain function decline and loss of brain tissue. Brain “shrinkage” occurs as a natural part of aging, but older adults with hearing loss appear to lose brain mass at a faster rate than individuals with normal hearing.
These studies include:
- “Self-Reported Hearing Loss: Hearing Aids and Cognitive Decline in Elderly Adults: A 25-year Study,” published in the October edition of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, by Johns Hopkins
- Hearing loss may be linked to mental decline, Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School, Howard LeWine, MD
- The Paquid epidemiological program on brain ageing.
- Hearing Aid Use Is Associated with Improved Cognitive Function in Hearing-Impaired Elderly Study suggests hearing loss contributes to sensory-specific cognitive decline, Columbia University Medical Center
Hearing Loss in Children
- All states require hearing screenings at birth, before the child is discharged from the hospital. This process, referred to as Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), allows for the early discovery and treatment for infants with hearing loss. The sooner the child is enrolled in an early intervention program, the better the outcome in language and speech development.
- When hearing loss goes undetected, it may be confused with a learning disability. Even mild and one-sided hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to learn and keep up in school.
- Children are sustaining impaired hearing due to NIHL as well, due to the increased use of personal listening devices, such as MP3 players. Making your child aware of the potential harm and implementing the 60-60 rule (listening at 60% of the volume, for only 60 minutes at a time) may help prevent NIHL.