Did you know that people who suffer hearing loss are more prone to developing dementia?

Muse

Active Member
#21
Hearing loss exacerbates the symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia. Therefore it is very important to take care of your hearing loss. Don't risk becoming socially isolated due to not wanting to wear hearing aids. My aunt was in her late 60's and was unable to hear properly. But she didn't pay attention towards this which lead to dementia. Later she was treated with hearing aids but was shifted to dementia care Morris NJ to enjoy in the proper and healthy environment.
If I recall right, deafness exacerbates risk for Alzheimer's and dementia because it creates social isolation. There is a relationship between social isolation and Alzheimer's.

This risk is reduced in people who have structured their lives around high quality social interaction and communication in tandem with their deafness.

So protecting hearing is one thing, but focusing on your social interaction is crucial.
 
#22
I used to know - but I forgot.

Seriously, my biggest issue with HOH is isolation. You get isolated from enough conversations and you probably don't think about as many things. Dimentia following continuous isolation really doesn't surprise me.

I wonder - if you break down people with HL into 2 goups:
  • those who started concentrating more on things that had to think about and
  • those who simply use their mind less
is one group or the other more prone to being dementiatized?

I try to keep my mind really busy by
  • learning ASL
  • Reading about philosophy and religion
  • REEEAAALLLYYY THINKING about philosophy and religion.
  • Singing Karaoke when no one is around (I sound much better now that I'm HOH)
  • Reading weird things on the internet.
  • learning ASL
So, while waiting for the inevitable, do everything you can while you can because "Time is a thief when you're undecided!" (Rod Stewart)
 
#26
This is so funny that I find this post today. Just had a Doctors appointment yesterday for general stuff and out of the blue my Doctor brings up dementia (I also have high blood pressure). Which shocked me. I'm a bit coming from a different situation as I'm late Deaf-Blind (started age 35) . Slow progression and 10 years in got to the point where I was totally Deaf and legally Blind. At that point I went down hill fast. became depressed and anxiety ridden. Reclusive in the extrema. Confused by most things. From the outside I most definitely appeared strange or in dementia. I'm 53 now and finally coming out of it. Found support and being far more active helps so much. I still suffer from left over mental scars because of all the deep depression and fear I went through. but I think I'm a happy guy now. Esp. since I got an Cochlear Implant this past Jan. So I can attest to the fact that getting out and being with others. Finding support and being physically healthy goes a long way. Just found it funny that my Doctor brought this up and now I understand after reading the orig. post, why. I don't think I'm close to being in dementia but can see how that may appear so.
 

Valorrian

Active Member
#27
I lost my hearing about two years ago. I don't go out and just stay at home. I have lots of anxiety and depression. Now, that I see I could get dementia it scares me. I am young right now but I don't want to look forward to dementia.
 
#29
I lost my hearing about two years ago. I don't go out and just stay at home. I have lots of anxiety and depression. Now, that I see I could get dementia it scares me. I am young right now but I don't want to look forward to dementia.
I assume that it is the lack of communication that speeds up dementia, not the hearing loss. This means you should learn sign language and go out and meet people. There are treatments for anxiety and depression, so go and get help for that.

I have not heard anything that would indicate that Deaf people who are socially active would have any increased risk for dementia. Just people with hearing loss who are not included socially due to the hearing loss.
 

Valorrian

Active Member
#30
I am starting to learn to sign. It isn't easy for me. I had meningitis and now my thinking process is much slower. It is hard for me to focus and remember as well. It is very frustrating.
 

DeafDucky

Well-Known Member
#31
In the meantime keep yourself busy... read, do puzzles (Jigsaw, crossword, sudoku), find an activity that will keep you occupied and mind busy.
 

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