Santa Clarita Audiologist Nola Aronson is discussing the relationship hearing loss and numerous other diseases share and why a hearing screening is so important.
Sometimes ignoring the symptoms of one’s hearing loss may cause an individual to receive a false diagnosis of Alzheimer’s when the real problem they are experiencing is hearing loss.
“If you do not stimulate the brain, the brain is what hears. When you start missing out on things, you are going to look like you have dementia and Alzheimer’s,” Aronson explained in an interview with KHTS. “It’s not going to necessarily cause it but the studies over the last two years have shown that they are related.”
According to Aronson, heart disease, diabetes and many other conditions one usually might not associate with hearing loss are actually connected to one’s ability to hear. It should be a much bigger concern than simply saying, “I can’t hear, or I hear okay.”
Aronson revealed that a prominent reason some people avoid taking a baseline hearing screening is because they are nervous about hearing aids. However, she goes on to say that at Advanced Audiology, they look at every option available and will only recommend a hearing aid if they believe that it is the best solution.
“A lot of people come in and they have wax in their ears, or they have fluid behind their eardrum and they didn’t even know it, but they would rather just not pay attention to it because they are so afraid of hearing aids,” Aronson said.
A hearing screening is generally found lower on the list of someone’s priorities when dealing with their health, but audiologists like Aronson encourage everyone to keep in mind the importance of going to get a baseline hearing screening.
“We get our eyes checked, we get our teeth checked, we go and get a physical and even many times doctors do not ask about hearing and things like that,” said Aronson. “Hearing (loss) gets put on the backburner when it is the third largest disease after cancer and heart problems.”