Woman with hearing loss doing dishes because she forgot to turn the dishwasher on.

Lately, Chris has been a little forgetful. She missed her doctor’s appointment for the second month in a row (now she has to reschedule again). And before she went to bed she even overlooked running the dishwasher (looks like she’ll be handwashing her coffee cup today). Lately, she’s been allowing things fall through the cracks. Oddly, Chris doesn’t actually feel forgetful…she simply feels mentally depleted and fatigued all the time.

It can be hard to put your finger on that feeling until it’s sneaking up on you. But despite how forgetful you might feel, the trouble isn’t actually about memory. The real concern is your hearing. And that means you can substantially improve your memory by wearing one small device.

How to Enhance Your General Cognitive Function And Memory

So, having a hearing exam is the first step to enhance your memory so you will remember that dentist appointment and not forget anyone’s name in the next meeting. A hearing evaluating will be able to determine if you have hearing loss and how bad any impairment may be.

Chris hasn’t recognized any signs of hearing loss yet so she hesitates to make an appointment. She doesn’t really have difficulty hearing in a crowded room. And when she’s working, she doesn’t have a problem hearing team members.

But just because her symptoms aren’t recognizable doesn’t mean that they aren’t present. As a matter of fact, memory loss is commonly one of the very first noticeable symptoms of hearing loss. And strain on the brain is the underlying cause. It works like this:

  • Gradually and virtually imperceptibly, your hearing begins to fade.
  • Your ears detect a lack of sound, however mild.
  • The sounds that you do hear, need to be amplified and interpreted which makes your brain work extra hard.
  • Everything seems normal, but it takes more work on your brain’s part to comprehend the sounds.

Your brain only has so much processing power which can really be dragged down by that kind of burden. So you don’t have as much mental energy for things like, well, memory or for other cognitive processes.

Dementia And Hearing Loss

If you take memory loss to its most obvious extremes, you could end up looking at something like dementia. And there is a link between dementia and hearing loss, though there are several other factors involved and the cause and effect relationship remains somewhat uncertain. Still, there is a higher danger of cognitive decline with individuals who have untreated hearing loss, beginning with some minor memory issues and escalating to more severe cognitive problems.

Wearing Hearing Aids Can Help You Prevent Fatigue

That’s the reason why dealing with your hearing loss is necessary. Significant increase of cognitive function was observed in 97.3% of people with hearing loss who used hearing aids for at least 18 months according to one study.

Similar benefits have been seen in several other studies. Hearing aids are really helpful. When your brain doesn’t have to work quite as hard, your overall cognitive function gets better. Sure, a hearing aid isn’t a memory panacea, memory problems and cognitive decline can be a complicated combination of causes and variables.

Memory Loss Can be The First Sign of Hearing Loss

This sort of memory loss is usually not permanent, it’s a sign of exhaustion more than a fundamental change in the way your brain operates. But that can change if the fundamental problems remain neglected.

Memory loss, then, can be something of an early warning system. When you first begin to observe those symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your hearing professional. As soon as your fundamental hearing issues are addressed, your memory should go back to normal.

As an added benefit, your hearing health will likely get better, as well. The decline in your hearing will be slowed dramatically by wearing hearing aids. These little devices, in this way, will enhance your total health not just your hearing.

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