Research shows that hearing loss may lead to the rapid progression of cognitive decline. The evidence in the literature suggests that:
- The slow onset of hearing loss can have a significant impact on several key brain functions, including the memory, hearing, speech and language portions of cognition.
- Hearing impairment is a greater risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia than other individual mid-life risks.
- The proactive management of hearing loss can delay or slow the onset or progression of cognitive decline.
- Studies show the use of hearing aids can slow down the rapid progression of cognitive decline.
Garden State Hearing & Balance Center is on the front line of promoting cognitive health. We now offer a computerized test of cognitive function called Cognivue Thrive. This screening tool objectively and reliably identifies changes in cognitive function that could be indicative of an impairment that requires physician referral.
In our opinion, driving brain health awareness and improving access to cognitive screenings are among the most important challenges of the 21st century. Although cognitive decline is a normal part of aging, early identification of underlying conditions such as untreated hearing loss will lead to appropriate management, thus improving cognitive health.
If you would like to schedule a Cognivue Thrive screening, please feel free to contact our Toms River office at 732-818-3610.