Posted on: January 24, 2019
Continuing the discussion we started last week on memory, let’s look at how hearing loss could potentially mimic some of the early signs of conditions that affect memory, such as Alzheimer’s. Recent studies that have investigated this found that a small percentage of those who thought they might have a memory condition turned out to have hearing loss. In some cases they only had hearing loss, while in others hearing loss compounded their memory issues.
So, how could hearing loss be mistaken for memory conditions? As you might have guessed, if you can’t hear everything that was said in the first place, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to recall what was said later on. To others this may look very much like a problem of memory, when in fact hearing loss is the culprit. When speaking to someone with untreated hearing loss, it may appear like they are not processing, or remembering what is being said.
If you or someone you know is experiencing memory issues, it is worth getting a hearing assessment to rule out or confirm whether it is a factor. If hearing loss is a factor, treating it early can mitigate its impact on memory.
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