It’s no surprise that hearing and hearing loss have been the focus of numerous research and scientific studies. Hearing is, after all, vital to our quality of life, and hearing loss affects millions of people worldwide.
Over the past two decades, studies have determined that hearing loss is linked to a host of health issues, including increased risk of falls, hospitalizations and dementia, as well as impaired memory, mental fatigue and even shorter lifespans.
Parallel studies, though, have shown that treating hearing loss can help — by reducing the risk of cognitive decline, improving balance, and helping people stay physically and mentally active.
Hesitation to get hearing aids has many negative health consequences and should be treated early. If you or a loved show signs of hearing loss, such as playing the TV too loud or saying "what" too often, call for a hearing consultation. It may be time to consider hearing aids.
Plenty of factors can contribute to fatigue, like lack of sleep or exercise. But did you know hearing loss also plays a role? It’s true, and has to do with “cognitive load.”
Cognitive load refers to the amount of mental effort being used in the working memory: the short-term memory used to plan and make decisions. Hearing loss forces the person to “steal” finite working memory to make sense of speech and other inputs throughout the day. This load is even greater in noisy environments.
The additional effort puts stress and anxiety on the listener, resulting in a rush of adrenaline and muscle tension that can lead to feeling “drained” or physically tired at the end of the day.