Cognitive health is the new buzz word on everyone’s mind. Simply stated, cognitive health is the ability to think, learn, and understand. It also includes our capacity to remember, see, hear, and use fine motor skills.
Hypertension, diabetes, sleep disorders, vision and hearing loss are some of the underlying health issues that can impact changes to cognitive health. Recent research indicates that hearing loss is the number one modifiable risk factor. In other words, treatment of hearing loss can help combat changes in brain health.
There is a growing body of evidence suggesting a more rapid progression of decline with untreated hearing loss. Even the mildest hearing loss can lead to physical changes in the brain if left untreated. Early identification and treatment can lead to better outcomes.
The importance of addressing early changes can not be overstated. With hearing loss, mild cognitive impairment can be reversed or the progression can be slowed down simply by wearing hearing aids.
There are other ways to positively impact brain health. It is important to eat a healthy diet, get 6-8 hours of sleep each night, reduce stress, and correct vision. In addition, aerobic exercise, reading, and working on puzzles are good ways to maintain cognitive health. Socializing with others also offers a multitude of benefits for brain and body health.
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