As of late, Chris has been a little bit forgetful. She forgot her doctor’s appointment two months in a row (now she needs to reschedule again). And she even overlooked running the dishwasher before bedtime (I guess this morning she will have to handwash her coffee cup). Lately, she’s been allowing things slip through the cracks. Chris has been feeling mentally exhausted and depleted all the time but, strangely, she doesn’t feel forgetful.
It can be hard to put your finger on that feeling until it’s sneaking up on you. But despite how forgetful you might feel, the issue isn’t really about memory. The real issue is your hearing. And that means you can significantly improve your memory by wearing one small device.
How to Enhance Your Overall Cognitive Function And Memory
So, getting a hearing test is the first measure to enhance your memory so you will remember that dentist appointment and will remember everyone’s name at the next meeting. If you have hearing loss a hearing test will let you know how severe your impairment is.
Chris hasn’t detected any symptoms of hearing loss yet so she hesitates to make an appointment. She doesn’t really have an issue hearing in a crowded room. And when she’s working, she doesn’t have an issue hearing team members.
But just because her symptoms aren’t recognizable doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. In fact, one of the first signs of hearing impairment is memory loss. And strain on the brain is the underlying cause. Here’s how it works:
- Your hearing begins to fade, perhaps so slowly you don’t notice.
- However mild, your ears start to detect a lack of sound input.
- The sounds that you can hear, need to be amplified and translated which makes your brain work extra hard.
- You can’t detect any real difference but in order to comprehend sound your brain needs to work overtime.
That type of continual strain can be really difficult on your brain’s limited resources. So you have less mental energy for things such as, well, memory or for other cognitive processes.
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 hearing loss and dementia do have a connection, though there are several other factors at work and the cause and effect relationship remains somewhat murky. Still, people who have neglected hearing loss, over time, are at an increased risk for experiencing cognitive decline, starting with some moderate memory loss and escalating to more serious cognitive problems.
Keeping Fatigue in Check With Hearing Aids
That’s why dealing with your hearing loss is necessary. 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 improvement in their cognitive abilities.
Similar benefits have been observed in a variety of other studies. Hearing aids really help. Your overall cognitive function improves when your brain doesn’t have to struggle as hard to hear. Memory loss and issues with cognitive function can have lots of complex factors and hearing aids aren’t always a magic bullet.
The First Sign of Hearing Loss is Often Memory Loss
This kind of memory loss is commonly not permanent, it’s a sign of exhaustion more than an underlying change in how your brain functions. But if the root issues are not dealt with, that can change.
So if you’re noticing some loss of memory, it can be an early warning of hearing loss. When you first observe those symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your hearing professional. As soon as your underlying hearing problems are addressed, your memory should return to normal.
And your hearing will most likely improve also. A hearing aid can help stem the decline in your hearing. These little devices, in a sense, will improve your general health not only your hearing.