If you’ve ever had a family member with dementia, you know how debilitating it can be for the person dealing with it, as well as family and friends. There are good and bad days, with the bad days slowly growing in frequency. It can be stressful to help a family member with dementia to remember who you are, sometimes. Knowing the warning signs is essential to help your older family get the best care possible. There have been all different kinds of studies and research done in recent years to gain a better understanding of dementia.
Hearing Loss Can Make Things Worse
There is a long-term study that discovered a shocking connection between a diagnosis of dementia and hearing loss. Participants in the study were exposed to various testing, and it was found that one-third of these participants suffered from hearing loss. Hearing loss is also associated with other illnesses like depression and disabilities. Those numbers are shocking, to say the least! Another study performed by doctors at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that people in the study who had mild to severe hearing loss were more likely to develop dementia. Dr. Lawal of Johns Hopkins explains the phenomenon associating hearing loss with dementia in a way that makes it understandable. He says your brain can weaken when people don’t get help for hearing loss, which can, in turn, cause dementia.