Studies have shown a correlation between overall brain health and a person’s hearing, and Advanced Audiology’s Nola Aronson, a Santa Clarita audiologist, is weighing in.
Untreated hearing loss has been linked with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in some studies because hearing is so important in ensuring the brain remains active and stimulated, according to Aronson.
“When you have a hearing loss and you’re missing information and your brain is not getting that information, … there’s a problem,” said Aronson.
This has been true in Aronson’s own family, as her 88-year-old mother chose not to wear her hearing aids for many years because she lived alone in New York.
Aronson’s family recently decided to move her mother to California, and while she began wearing her hearing aids daily once again, Aronson has seen signs of dementia that could be related to the years her mother spent lacking auditory stimulation.
“She’s forgetting words and things like that,” Aronson said. “I think that has a lot to do with the fact that all the studies and the research have shown in the last two years that when you’re missing information for a long period of time (it affects the brain).”
A person with a hearing loss takes an average of seven years to decide to get a hearing aid, according to Aronson.
“By that time, the brain has missed so much information,” she said.
Those who think they or a loved one may have untreated hearing loss are being encouraged by Aronson to make an appointment with Advanced Audiology for a free hearing screening in order to establish a hearing baseline and receive education on hearing loss solutions.
Additionally, those who get their hearing devices at Advanced Audiology are helping give back to their community because the Santa Clarita audiologist donates 10 percent of proceeds from hearing aids sales to local nonprofit organizations.
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