Hearing Loss & Dementia

Peninsula Hearing Care

Hearing loss & dementia advice

Gradual hearing loss is a common symptom of aging, and studies show that people with untreated hearing loss report more concerns about their memory than people with normal hearing. But, more worryingly, for some people untreated hearing loss may also be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, studies suggest.

The 2020 Report of the Lancet Commission, Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care shows that hearing loss is the biggest risk factor that you can influence against dementia.

The risk of dementia appears to rise as hearing declines, and older people with mild hearing loss who typically find it hard to follow a conversation in a noisy restaurant, are twice as likely as those with normal hearing to develop dementia.

  • Mild hearing loss doubles the risk of dementia
  • Moderate hearing loss triples the risk of dementia
  • Severe hearing loss increases the risk of dementia five fold

Hearing loss leads to social isolation, which itself has been linked to dementia, and added to this, by stimulating the brain less with sounds to interpret, the brain can become less active and cognitive.

“The brain might have to reallocate resources to help with hearing at the expense of cognition” says a lead researcher and ear surgeon, Frank R Lin, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA. “That could explain why straining to hear conversations over background noise in a loud restaurant can be mentally exhausting for anyone, hard of hearing or not,” he adds.

How to reduce the risk of dementia

The Lancet study recommends the use of hearing aids in those with hearing loss, as a way of protecting against cognitive decline, and keeping the brain actively engaged day by day.

Sadly, if all hearing loss was treated, nearly 1 in 10 cases of dementia could be wiped out.

For patients living with dementia

Hearing loss should never be ignored for patients living with dementia, as living with both conditions presents additional challenges. Both conditions can have an impact on how someone copes day to day, making it harder for them to communicate and for those around them to communicate with them.

Hearing loss can contribute to their disorientation and make their living environment less safe by not hearing alarms, running taps and so on. For people affected by dementia, hearing aids are recommended to improve their quality of life and make communication easier.

Help is at hand

Having regular hearing checks and making the most of the help available in the form of hearing aids is advisable, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. Take advantage of having support from a friend or family member at your hearing test, to help with any questions that might cause difficulty, and to have a familiar voice for speech recognition.

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What our customers say about us

Malcolm Parkes
6. February, 2024
Attend there on a regular basis. Friendly, helpful and caring!
Shivjot Dhanju
22. September, 2023
Fantastic service, very friendly staff and I will definitely be recommending to friends and family
Rob Clifford MBE
20. September, 2023
If you need your Ears Mending & not Bending then Peninsula Hearing Care cannot be praised highly enough! Emma and her colleagues at Teignmouth have come to my rescue at short notice on two occasions in the last 6 months. The first was after a long haul flight in April following a wax removal treatment in the Far East which was not really satisfactory. The second occasion was a couple of weeks ago when I thought it prudent to have ears checked prior to another long haul flight returning to The Orient. On both occasions sterling work was carried out by Emma & her Audiologist colleague who's name I can't recall, between them they cleared my ears of hairy "birds nests" and wax cheerfully and with real interest in me as a person rather than just a patient! As an extra bonus I have noticed that my Tinnitus does not seem as severe. I can not stress enough on how quickly efforts were made to fit me in and I will be certainly booking in regularly now just to keep a check on my aural condition..Thank you again Peninsula and I look forward to visiting again
Greg Thomson
6. July, 2023
As a visitor from Canada, I recently had a couple of issues with my hearing aids and charging unit. I was very impressed with the friendly and helpful service I received, with the staff recognizing that I was a long way from home and needed help with my hearing issues. I can't recommend Peninsula Hearing highly enough. Thanks very much for your help-you went over and above on my behalf. Greg from Langley (near Vancouver), British Columbia, Canada.
John Milsom
2. June, 2023
Warm, friendly and expert service from Jo and Emma in Teignmouth who were both brilliant. Can’t recommend them highly enough. Lovely people, brilliant at what they do.
Ian Hartley
4. September, 2022
The lady who did the wax removal was very pleasant and did both ears in about 10 minutes. When she cleared my left ear it was such a relief as could not hear much out of it for about 10 days. I would reccomend this service to anyone
Jane Lea
25. August, 2022
Peninsula Hearing offers a highly professional and friendly service. They have supplied aids for my Mother in a care home locally, the aftercare and follow up visits greatly appreciated.
Rob Fielding
4. August, 2022
Fantastic service and what lovely people. They got me a same day appointment after suffering for 2 weeks with blocked ears. Highly recommended with anyone with ear issues.
Mike Vosper
7. July, 2022
Fantastic service from the team at Peninsula. They really do look after you and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Anthony Ballinger
22. September, 2021
Michelle was so helpful and kind. A pleasure to do business with her. Thank you . Anthony B