Help your brain stay in-shape. Healthy hearing supports neural stimulation and may prevent cognitive decline. Research has shown that untreated hearing loss may lead to cognitive decline. It is therefore important to check your hearing on a regular basis.
Did you know that the effects of loss aren’t limited only to how well you can (or cannot) hear? Hearing loss of any degree does not only impact your ability to understand speech, hear certain pitches and participate in meaningful conversations – but it has a rather big “hidden” effect too. Research suggests that untreated hearing loss is often linked to a number of cognitive and mental health issues. When neural pathways in your brain that are used for hearing are left under-utilized, they are less likely to become active again. Much like missing out on physical exercise for years can limit your ability to “bounce back” once you start again at a later age- untreated hearing loss can have a similar effect.
Luckily, it’s not all bad news! Good hearing management can prevent the negative impact of hearing loss on your mental health and well-being. Timely intervention and appropriate treatment will not only improve your access to sound, but will also “train” your brain, using much needed stimulation.
So, It’s not just about treating your hearing, but also about fully utilising your brain. Your overall well-being is strongly linked to healthy neural pathways that are not missing out on vital stimulation.
Care for your ears and your mind, see your Audiologist!
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