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All too often, as we age, we put off giving healthcare problems our full attention. Maybe we feel like “it’ll just go away” or maybe we don’t want to admit there could be something wrong. Whatever the reason, it’s time to take charge of our own health. Why is now any different? Because we know more! We now know that ignoring signs of hearing loss can have huge implications on brain function.


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Over the past few decades we, as a society, have come to realize that hearing loss is a major health issue, one that can lead to an array of various other health issues. As a result, untreated hearing loss can become the baseline for extremely increased healthcare costs.

This and other relevant factors have caused Dr. Frank R. Lin (Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) and his colleagues to work to connect the links between untreated hearing loss to other major health issues.


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Over the past few years, we’ve learned that hearing loss can be linked to other health issues as well. In addition to hearing loss being frustrating to the person living with untreated hearing loss, recent research from John Hopkins concluded that hearing loss is also linked to walking and balance problems, falls and even Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 


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Any Audiologist or hearing health professional will tell a person experiencing hearing loss that it’s important to get hearing help. It’s as simple as that. From a subtle hearing loss to a severe hearing loss, maintaining good hearing health is the base you need to live a long, healthy brain life. There are so many statistics out there explaining the importance of treating hearing loss, especially in connection to long-term brain health. But, what about hearing aids? Do hearing aids really help improve brain health? The answer is yes. 


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Considering the staggering statistics (750 million adults worldwide) of people living with hearing loss across the globe, the signs of hearing loss have never been more important to know. In fact, hearing loss has become such a wide-spread health issue in the past decade, top researchers at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine and The National Health & Retirement Study have produced study results concluding that untreated hearing loss and prolonged hearing loss may result in mental (psychological and cognitive) and social problems that affect quality of life, as well as brain function and various health conditions.


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It’s so easy for so many of us to get wrapped up in daily living that we simply put-off regular hearing healthcare visits. Actually, if we are really being honest, we procrastinate on a lot more than just hearing healthcare as we get older. The thing is, our hearing health is one of the most important, yet vastly under-rated, heath care areas we should be most concerned with maintaining as we age. 


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