Hearing Loss
Hearing and Alzheimer's

If you are worried about memory loss, don’t leave until you have read this article.  Hearing Loss not only exacerbates the symptoms of Alzheimer's and Dementia, but may also be an imporant risk factor.  This article lists four reasons that maintaining healthy hearing is vital for maintaining a healthy mind.

Types of Hearing Loss

It is estimated that 25% of Americans between 65 and 75 have some level of hearing loss, and that estimate increases to 75% for those over the age of 75.  There are two main types of hearing loss, Conductive and Sensorineural.  Additionally, a person can have a mixed hearing loss, which means that they have some of both.  A conductive hearing loss means there is a problem with the ability of the outer and/or middle ear to conduct (or transfer) the sound energy to the inner ear (Cochlea).  A sensorineural hearing loss means that there is a problem with the inner ear's ability to sense the sound energy and effectively communicate it to the brain.

Understanding an Audiogram

An Audiogram is a charting tool used to display a person's ability to hear at different pitches (or frequencies).  A typical hearing test plays different pitches of tones for a person at different loudnesses.  The results from the hearing test can be plotted on the audiogram.