Lately, Chris has been somewhat forgetful. For the second month in a row, she missed her doctor’s appointment and has to reschedule. And before she went to bed she even forgot to run the dishwasher (looks as if she’ll be handwashing her coffee cup today). Things have been getting lost lately. Chris has been feeling mentally exhausted and drained all the time but, curiously, she doesn’t feel forgetful.
Only when that feeling is sneaking up on you, will you begin to realize it. Often, though, the problem isn’t your memory, in spite of how forgetful you might appear. The real problem is your hearing. And that means you can significantly improve your memory by wearing one little device.
How to Enhance Your Memory And General Cognitive Function
So, step one to improving your memory, and getting everybody’s name right at your next meeting or to make sure you arrange that day off for your dentist appointment, is to get your hearing checked. A standard hearing examination will be able to figure out if you have hearing loss and how severe any impairment may be.
Chris hasn’t noticed any signs of hearing loss yet so she hesitates to schedule an appointment. She can hear in noisy rooms somewhat well enough. And she’s never had a difficult time listening to any of her team members at work.
But she could have some level of hearing loss despite the fact that she hasn’t observed any symptoms yet. Actually, one of the first signs of hearing impairment is loss of memory. And strain on the brain is the underlying cause. This is how it works:
- Slowly and nearly imperceptibly, your hearing begins to fade.
- However slight, your ears begin to detect a lack of sound input.
- The sounds that you can hear, need to be amplified and interpreted 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 needs to work overtime.
Your brain only has so much processing power which can really be stressed by that kind of burden. So things like memory and cognitive function take a back seat.
Hearing Loss And Dementia
If you take loss of memory to its most logical extremes, you might end up dealing with something like dementia. And dementia and hearing loss do have a connection, though there are a number of other factors involved and the cause and effect relationship continues to be rather murky. Still, those with neglected hearing loss, over time, have a higher risk for going through cognitive decline, which can start as memory loss and ultimately (over the years) become more severe concerns.
Wearing Hearing Aids Will Help You Prevent Fatigue
This is why it’s crucial to treat your hearing loss. As stated in one study, 97.3% of individuals who suffer from hearing loss who used hearing aids for at least 18 months showed a marked stabilization or increase in their cognitive functions.
Similar benefits have been seen in several other studies. Hearing aids really help. Your general cognitive function increases when your brain doesn’t have to struggle as hard to hear. Memory loss and issues with cognitive function can have numerous complex factors and hearing aids aren’t always a magic bullet.
Memory Loss Can be The First Sign of Hearing Loss
This type of memory loss is mostly due to mental exhaustion and is usually not permanent. But that can change if the fundamental problems remain neglected.
So if you’re noticing some loss of memory, it can be an early sign of hearing loss. You should set up an appointment with your hearing specialist as soon as you notice these symptoms. As soon as your underlying hearing issues are addressed, your memory should return to normal.
And your hearing will most likely get better as well. A hearing aid can help slow the decline in your hearing. In this way, your general wellness, not only your memory, could be improved by these little devices.