Hearing loss affects more than your ability to understand sounds. Among other things, studies have shown that hearing loss is associated with reduced memory capacity.
Hearing Loss Causes Mental Fatigue
Hearing loss makes your brain work harder to understand sound. It forces you to use more concentration just to follow the conversation at work or when you’re enjoying a meal with friends at Texas Tradition.
Essentially, your brain is trying to process more information than it is capable of, and as a result, experiences mental fatigue. Because of this, you have less energy to put into actually remembering what was said.
People with Hearing Loss are More Likely to Experience Isolation
Another way hearing loss affects memory is through isolation. When you struggle to hear in social situations, it can make you want to distance yourself from other people.
When you isolate, you deprive your brain of the stimulation it gets from regularly interacting with other people. This means your memory function is not being used as often, and its capacity can become further reduced as a result.
Anxiety and Depression Can Interfere with Memory
Untreated hearing loss can increase feelings of depression and anxiety. When you’re struggling with mental health issues, it can change the way your brain operates and interfere with your memory.
Can Hearing Loss Cause Dementia?
Previous research has shown a link between hearing loss and an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia. If you’re concerned your memory issues may be something more serious, it’s a good idea to get checked out by your medical provider.
However, barring other symptoms of dementia, it’s likely that your memory problems are due to hearing loss affecting your ability to retain information.
Hearing Aids May Help Your Memory
Hearing aids may help improve your memory issues by easing the cognitive burden hearing loss can cause. When your brain doesn’t have to spend as much energy trying to understand sounds, it has enough energy to put towards remembering information.
Using hearing aids also can increase your confidence in social situations. When you aren’t worried about your ability to interact with others, you are less likely to isolate and deprive your brain of stimulation.
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