- 1 in every 10 adults aged 60 and above has dementia and this trend is on the rise, according to The Straits Times. By 2030, it is expected to increase to 1 in every 5 adults.
- Dementia can be defined as a condition that occurs to the brain; its symptoms include e.g.
- Losing memory
- Changes in temperament
- Decline in logical thinking
- Ability to communicate
- Similar to hearing loss, the condition is not necessarily a natural consequence of aging and it could happen to anyone, at any age. What could we do to reduce the risk of dementia, or before it gets worse?
- Researchers from John Hopkins University and National Institute on Aging revealed that untreated hearing loss could increase vulnerability in cognitive dysfunction over time. And, the degree of hearing deficit correlates with the risk of developing dementia.
- One with moderate hearing loss has triple the risk of dementia, whereas a severe hearing loss is likely to increase the risk by five-fold, as compared to someone with normal hearing.
- A prolonged period of limited auditory inputs potentially results in a constant strain that influence the brain’s ability to decode sounds into meaningful experience. This, which is also known as “Cognitive Load”, eventually increases listening efforts and poorer auditory processing skills that make following conversations and speech understanding more difficult.
- Healthy level of auditory stimulation to correct hearing loss is one main way to sustain brain health and to fundamentally improve cognition, enhancing the quality of life of people with hearing difficulties.
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- Judith Tan, “Dementia is not natural part of ageing”, 2015, The New Paper, 1 August 2016 <http://news.asiaone.com/news/yourhealth/dementia-not-natural-part-ageing>.
- Janice Tai, “One in 10 people over 60 have dementia, new Singapore study claims”, 2015, The Straits Times, 2 August 2016 <http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/one-in-10-people-over-60-have-dementia-new-singapore-study-claims>.
- N.A., “High blood pressure can lead to hearing loss”, 2013, Hear-it.org, 2 August 2016 <http://www.hear-it.org/High-blood-pressure-can-lead-to-hearing-loss>
- Katherine Griffin & Katherine Bouton, “Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia – Can getting a hearing aid help prevent memory loss?”, 2015, AARP Website, 1 August 2016 <http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-07-2013/hearing-loss-linked-to-dementia.html>
- Data are available on the Alzheimer’s Association Website. For more information on “2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures”, please refer to http://www.alz.org/facts/
- Jane E. Brody, “Personal Health: Lifelines for People With Hearing Loss”, 2012, The New York Times, 3 August 2016 <http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/16/personal-health-lifelines-for-people-with-hearing-loss/?_r=1#permid=127>