Chris has been somewhat forgetful as of late. She missed her doctor’s appointment two months in a row (time to reschedule again). And she even overlooked running the dishwasher before bedtime (I guess this morning she will need to handwash her coffee cup). Lately, she’s been allowing things fall through the cracks. Curiously, Chris doesn’t necessarily feel forgetful…she just feels mentally depleted and fatigued constantly.
Only when that feeling is sneaking up on you, will you begin to realize it. Frequently, though, the problem isn’t your memory, in spite of how forgetful you may appear. Your hearing is the real problem. And that means there’s one small device, a hearing aid, that can assist you to considerably improve your memory.
How to Enhance Your Memory And General Cognitive Function
So, getting a hearing test is the first measure to enhance your memory so you will not forget that dentist appointment and will remember everyone’s name in the next meeting. If you have hearing loss a hearing examination will alert you to how severe your impairment is.
Chris hesitates, though, because she hasn’t detected any signs or symptoms of hearing loss. She can hear in crowded rooms fairly well enough. And when she’s working, she doesn’t have a problem hearing team members.
But she could have some amount of hearing loss despite the fact that she hasn’t detected any symptoms yet. Actually, one of the first symptoms of hearing impairment is memory loss. And strain on the brain is the root cause. It works like this:
- Your hearing begins to diminish, probably so gradually you don’t realize.
- However mild, your ears start to detect a lack of sound input.
- Your brain begins working a little harder to decipher and boost the sounds you are able to hear.
- You can’t detect any real difference but in order to comprehend sound your brain needs to work overtime.
That amount of constant strain can be a real drag on your brain’s finite resources. So things like memory and cognitive function take a back seat.
Dementia And Hearing Loss
When memory loss is extreme, the result might be dementia. And dementia and hearing loss do have a link, though there are several other factors at work and the cause and effect relationship remains fairly murky. Still, those with untreated hearing loss, over time, have a higher risk for having cognitive decline, which can start as memory loss and eventually (over the years) become more serious concerns.
Wearing Hearing Aids Can Help You Avoid Fatigue
That’s why managing your hearing loss is indispensable. According to one study, 97.3% of people who suffer from hearing loss who used hearing aids for at least 18 months showed a marked stabilization or improvement in their cognitive functions.
Numerous other studies have revealed similar results. Hearing aids are really helpful. Your overall cognitive function increases when your brain doesn’t need to work as hard to hear. Memory loss and issues with cognitive function can have many complex factors and hearing aids aren’t always a magic bullet.
The First Sign of Hearing Loss is Frequently Memory Loss
This type of memory loss is mostly due to mental fatigue and is usually not permanent. But that can change if the underlying concerns remain un-addressed.
So if you’re noticing some memory loss, it can be an early sign of hearing loss. When you first notice those symptoms, you should make an appointment with your hearing specialist. Your memory will most likely return to normal when your underlying hearing concerns are addressed.
And your hearing will probably improve also. The decline in your hearing will be slowed dramatically by using hearing aids. In a sense, your overall wellness, not just your memory, could be enhanced by these little devices.