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

Chris has been slightly forgetful as of late. For the second month in a row, she missed her doctor’s appointment and needs to reschedule. And before she went to bed she even forgot to run the dishwasher (I guess this morning she will need to handwash her coffee cup). Lately, she’s been letting things fall through the cracks. Chris has been feeling mentally exhausted and depleted all the time but, strangely, she doesn’t feel forgetful.

Only after that feeling is sneaking up on you, will you start to recognize it. But despite how forgetful you might feel, the trouble isn’t really about memory. Your hearing is the actual problem. And that means you can significantly improve your memory by wearing one small device.

How to Enhance Your Memory And Overall Cognitive Function

So, step one to improving your memory, to get everybody’s name right at your next meeting or to make sure you plan that day off for your eye exam, is to have your hearing checked. If you have hearing loss a hearing exam will alert you to how severe your impairment is.

Chris hasn’t recognized any symptoms of hearing loss yet so she hesitates to make an appointment. She can hear in noisy rooms fairly well enough. And she’s never had a hard time listening to any of her team members at work.

But just because her symptoms aren’t recognizable doesn’t mean that they aren’t present. As a matter of fact, memory loss is often one of the very first detectable symptoms of hearing loss. And it all has to do with brain strain. It works like this:

  • Your hearing begins to fade, maybe so slowly you don’t realize.
  • Your ears detect a lack of sound, however slight.
  • The sounds that you can hear, have to be boosted and translated which causes your brain to work extra hard.
  • You can’t notice any real difference but in order to make sense of sound your brain has to work extra hard.

Your brain only has a limited amount of processing power which can really be dragged down by that kind of strain. So things like cognitive function and memory get pushed to the back.

Dementia And Hearing Loss

If you take loss of memory to its most obvious extremes, you could end up looking at something like dementia. And dementia and hearing loss do have a connection, though there are numerous other factors involved and the cause and effect relationship remains fairly uncertain. Still, individuals with neglected hearing loss, over time, are at an increased risk for going through cognitive decline, beginning with some mild memory loss and increasing to more serious cognitive issues.

Hearing Aids And Warding Off Fatigue

That’s why dealing with your hearing loss is necessary. Marked increase in 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.

A variety of other research has revealed similar results. It’s definitely helpful to wear hearing aids. Your overall cognitive function gets better when your brain doesn’t need to work as hard to hear. Memory loss and issues with cognitive function can have many intricate factors and hearing aids aren’t always a magic bullet.

Memory Loss Can be The First Signal of Hearing Loss

This type of memory loss is mostly because of mental fatigue and is normally temporary. But that can change if the fundamental issues remain un-addressed.

So if you’re recognizing some loss of memory, it can be an early warning of hearing loss. You should make an appointment with your hearing specialist as soon as you notice these symptoms. Your memory will most likely go back to normal when your fundamental hearing problems are addressed.

As an added benefit, your hearing health will likely get better, as well. A hearing aid can help stem the decline in your hearing. In this way, your general wellness, not just your memory, could be enhanced by these little devices.

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