The Alarming Connection Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

As a matter of fact, studies have suggested that it’s no coincidence when a person develops both when he or she grows old. An increasing number of evidence shows that cases in dementia are actually linked to troubled hearing.

The Link Between Hearing Loss and Dementia

Having some level of hearing loss does not guarantee that a person will automatically experience memory loss later on in life. But we can safely assume that the chances of having this condition are higher as compared to those who have normal hearing or to those who are taking preventive steps such as taking supplements like turmeric. According to a study, mild hearing loss makes the odds of developing dementia twice higher. They also found out that the risk of mental decline seems to increase as the degree of hearing loss gets worse. Older adults experiencing moderate and severe hearing loss are at risk of developing dementia thrice and 5 times higher respectively.

Researchers have yet to find out the scientific connection between the two, but a few suggestions have been made, which can help us understand how hearing loss and dementia are linked together.

  • Hearing loss tend to require the brain to work harder in order to keep up with the efficiency of the hearing sense. This may overwhelm the organ and make unnecessary use of resources that can rather be used for other brain activities.
  • A person experiencing hearing loss is not able to pick up sounds effectively as it has before. This results to the decline of signals sent by the nerves to the brain, which causes the brain to deteriorate.
  • Hearing loss causes patients to isolate themselves from other people due to their reduced ability to keep up with conversations. This in particular is a known risk factor of dementia as well.

The Next Best Thing to Do

We’ve mentioned this a couple of times, but it’s still worthy of pointing out—the best thing to do in order to protect your hearing health is by protecting your ears and reducing the amount of time you let yourself be exposed to loud sounds. By doing this, you are helping decrease the chances of losing your hearing as you get older.

Some of you might ask, “If I already have hearing loss, can wearing hearing aids prevent the development of memory loss?”

There is still no solid proof that wearing a hearing device can actually prevent patients from developing a cognitive disorder. In spite of that, we still recommend hearing loss patients to wear one. Even without conclusive evidences on helping avert dementia, hearing aids can still be an effective tool in hindering those 3 suggestions connecting hearing loss from memory loss—it can improve reception to hearing loss, and in turn, improve a person’s ability to communicate and relate to other people.

If you think that your hearing is worsening as you age, our best advice is to get a hearing test right away. The sooner you get checked, the sooner we can figure out what needs to be done in order to prevent further damage to your health.

The Listening Lab offers FREE hearing tests for everyone. To avail, all you need to do is visit one of our branches in Singapore or Malaysia. To book an appointment, you may call any of the following numbers: +65 6817 5100 (SG) and +603 7725 9334 (MY).

About The Listening Lab

Listening Lab is a home-grown company whose mission is to help our clients restore their hearing to enjoy the life that they desire. Experiencing hearing loss can be detrimental to one’s quality of life. Hence we commit to providing high-quality hearing solutions.

Our hearing solutions include hearing tests and treatment and prescribing hearing aids. Clients may come to get their hearing checked, and we will assess whether hearing aids are required.

If hearing aids are required, clients can choose from a variety of the best hearing aid brands we provide. Each of the products offers unique features that complement daily use and perform well in helping our clients enjoy the life that they desire.

What Do Our Customers Say?

Person in charge nice and helpful with warm smiling face. Should you have hearing problem, can seek for her advise.
Catherine Tang Yap
Your service is marvellous! Patient and friendly. Mr Ching has been a customer of The Listening Lab since 2018. We have been attending to him for his follow up reviews and we are glad to see his progress!
Mr Ching
My husband purchased a Siemens Pure 7PX in 2016. We wish to appreciate Listening Lab for their ongoing attention and professional help they have been providing to us.
Mr & Mrs Sriram
madam Low
My mum has hearing loss for many years. Consultant of Listening Lab helped her fitted with Resound hearing aid. His patience and professionalism was greatly appreciated as the hearing aid enable her to hear and communicate with the people around her especially her grand children. We are happy with the services rendered by consultant. Keep up the good work!!
Madam Low
The Voice of two Generations in Singapore radio, Mr Brian Richmond, has chosen The Listening Lab to be his audiology and hearing services provider. We could not be prouder!

Brian is the definitive household name in English Radio since the early years of Singapore's founding, starting with Rediffusion followed by Radio One and now with Gold 90.5FM as well as Vintage Radio Singapore. His honeyed voice and selection of music filling our ears as we lived the bustle of our daily lives.

Soccer fans from the Malaysia Cup era of soccer will never forget his heart-pounding commentary from "live" matches, as we experienced the ups and downs of the Singapore Lions in the 1970s to 90s.

Our Executive Director Kelvin Lee is proudly beaming ear-to-ear in this photo with Brian. But you wont be able to see it through the masks!
Brian Richmond
I started experiencing loss of hearing sometimes in 2010 (41 years old) owing to some medical issue. I was having difficulties hearing conservation especially in meeting. Thus, giving me the fear in attending meeting.

Initially I started with Phonak hearing aid. It helps amplified the sound and I could hear better then. Somehow, my hearing loss deteriorated further that in late 2012 (43 years old), there was profound loss of hearing on my right ear. Even digital hearing aid could not help. On my left ear there is still about 50% to 60% hearing with hearing aid. I was lost at this point of time. I was considering learning sign language. I went to see my ENT specialist and my audiologist Mr. Bala advised me to go for an CI as an alternative to my hearing loss.

I also thank God for Engineer and Scientist, giving them the knowledge to create such a complex and sophisticate device to help those with hearing loss like me. It will be all perfect if the cost is affordable too.
Jonathan Po
madam goh
I took my mum to Listening Lab at Simei to get her hearing aid fixed, during our first visit, she patiently explained the whole procedure to my mum and also explain to my mum why she really in need to fix the hearing aid. She is very knowledgeable, and friendly, and we are encouraged to ask questions. she is also very patient with old people which is the most importance. Also her after service is superb so I highly recommend.
Mdm Goh
My mum, Madam Kek (73 year old) had the Cochlear implant (CI) done on her left side in 10th September 2019. Thereafter, thanks to the subsequent auditory verbal therapy, evaluation from SGH ENT team, as well as, the support from AB's and Listening Lab staffs; Madam Kek was able to hear, comprehend sound and music from her Cochlear implant, Naida CI Q90, and hearing aid (HA), Naida Link UP, for her right side before end year. We are happy that both the CI and HA have improved mum qualify of life. Now Madam Kek is looking forward to work again to pass her time as she can hear and better communicate with others.
Madam Kek
Titus was implanted when he was 18 months old. He is a happy, talkative 6.5 years old now. AB has been with him for 5 wonderful hearing years and we are looking forward to a bright future that lies ahead for him. AB’s Naída CI sound processors are reliable and the technology is constantly evolving and upgrading. When Titus was introduced to Naida Link CROS, his life was enriched. The wireless network established between his Naida CI sound processor and a Naida Link CROS transmitter allows him to hear from both ears. This changes Titus’s life and the way we interact with him. We are also very pleased with the prompt response and service provided to us. The staff in AB genuinely cares! We want to thank AB for making Titus’s hearing journey an enjoyable and a relatively stress free one!
Titus Pang
mr tan
I have been living with progressive hearing loss for more than three decades. Socially, I find myself fearful of communicating with people and at home, watching 'soundless' television programs is a norm.

An unforgettable experience. Trying on a pair of Resound GN hearing aid, I was energized and revitalized and overwhelmed with emotional tears of joy. The Resound GN is truly remarkable and uniquely equipped with three-friendly-user environmental modes that provide hearing comfort wherever we are.

In particular, I like to extend my utmost gratitude to Hearing Consultant. With her profound compassion and wisdom in guiding me, I am confident that I can forge a formidable partnership with the Listening Lab; So that I can rebuild a new chapter of a happy and value-creative life and simultaneously, leaving behind the painful memories of the past three decades.
Mr Tan

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