Does hearing loss increase the risk of dementia?

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  • C. Richards says:

    My son and his wife gifted me with a low-cost hearing device (amplifier) this Christmas and I am thrilled beyond words with it! I have noticed a hearing loss over the past several years but thought the cost of getting a hearing aid was too steep, so I just managed as best I could, often to my family’s dismay and frustration, and mine.

    Since using this device, it is miraculous how much better I hear! Especially at Christmastime with the whole family gathered together in the midst of the chatter and chaotic celebration, I was no longer having to say “Pardon me.” or “Sorry, I didn’t hear that.” What a relief it is to be able to hear everyone again as they are speaking without requiring others to repeat and repeat.

    Also, when watching tv or using my phone, the difference is remarkable. I understand the resistance to wearing hearing aids and the many personal reasons people may choose not to get one, but I now see the benefits and hope others will give it a chance too for their own sake. My hearing device has significantly improved my social experiences and quality of life in general. Also, the article mentioned how hearing loss drains resources from the brain and I can totally relate to this truth. It is exhausting not being able to hear and struggling to do so proves tiresome. Sometimes I found it is easier to just let conversations pass by than to try and engage when I couldn’t hear everything as I should.

    My mother had dementia. Perhaps this little device – which, by the way, is light and unobtrusive and comfortable to wear – will give me a better chance of staving off cognitive decline as I age. I’m only in my early 60s, so hopefully, my ability to hear better with assistance will help me to remain engaged with my loved ones, and indeed all the people I encounter, and will allow me to more fully experience and appreciate the life I live! Hearing is a wonderful gift!


Paul Taylor


Paul Taylor is a health journalist and former Patient Navigation Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he provided advice and answered questions from patients and their families. Paul will continue to write occasional columns for Healthy Debate.

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