Document Regarding Hearing Loss and Dimentia
Did you know?
-Older adults with impaired hearing may have a shorter lifespan than their peers without hearing problems
-There is a significant association between high blood pressure and untreated hearing loss
-Adults with hearing loss experience a 30-40% faster decline in cognitive abilities compared to peers without hearing loss.
-Over 360 million of the world’s population have disabling hearing loss
-Adults with untreated hearing loss were more likely to report depression, anxiety and paranoia than peers who wore hearing aids
-18-69 year olds with untreated hearing loss had significantly higher instances of moderate-to-severe depression
-adults with untreated hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia
-People with mild hearing loss are 3 more likely to have a history of falling
-People with untreated hearing loss can expect to suffer losses in compensation due to underemployment
-Adults with untreated hearing loss have higher unemployment rates than their normal-hearing peers
-People with low-frequency hearing loss are considered at risk for cardiovascular events
-Wearing hearing aids reduces the risk of cognitive decline associated with hearing loss
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
-Exposure to loud noise
-Virus or disease
-Autoimmune inner ear disease
-Hearing loss that runs in the family
-Malformation of the inner ear
-Otosclerosis – a hereditary disorder in which a bony growth forms around a small bone in the middle ear, preventing it from vibrating when stimulated by sound.
Treatment of Sensorineural Hearing Loss:
-Sensorineural hearing loss can result from acoustic trauma (or exposure to excessively loud noise), which may respond to medical therapy with corticosteroids to reduce cochlea hair cell swelling and inflammation to improve healing of these injured inner ear structures.
-Sensorineural hearing loss can occur from head trauma or abrupt changes in air pressure such as in airplane descent, which can cause inner ear fluid compartment rupture or leakage, which can be toxic to the inner ear. There has been variable success with emergency surgery when this happens.
-Sudden sensorineural hearing loss, presumed to be of viral origin, is an otologic emergency that is medically treated with corticosteroids.
-Fluctuating sensorineural hearing loss may be from unknown cause or associated with Meniere’s Disease. Symptoms of Meniere’s disease are hearing loss, tinnitus (or ringing in the ears), and vertigo. Meniere’s disease may be treated medically with a low-sodium diet, diuretics, and corticosteroids. If the vertigo is not medically controlled, then various surgical procedures are used to eliminate the vertigo.
-Sensorineural hearing loss from tumors of the balance nerve adjacent to the hearing nerve, generally are not reversed with surgical removal or irradiation of these benign tumors. If the hearing loss is mild and the tumors are very small, hearing may be saved in 50 percent of those undergoing hearing preservation surgery for tumor removal.
-Sensorineural hearing loss from disease in the central nervous system may respond to medical management for the specific disease affecting the nervous system. For example, hearing loss secondary to multiple sclerosis may be reversed with treatment for multiple sclerosis.
-Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss, the most common form of hearing loss, may be managed with hearing aids (link to products).
-When hearing aids are not enough, this type of hearing loss can be surgically treated with cochlear implants.
Here are some causes and treatments found for hearing loss. They are a little clinical sounding its good info.
-Kids voices, women’s voices, birds, electronic beeps, tv voices, background noise separation, oto-locating – hearing loss – hearing aid treatment can supplement the deficiency for more hearing success.
-2 Two hearing aids (binaural loss) – much better than one – stereo sound for oto-location and recognition – balance
-New tech now focuses on full spectrum not just higher frequencies for more clarity/quality
-Wireless connectivity more seamless and easier to use for more options for streaming/external mic (roger pen)