As research on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease has advanced, we have discovered several risk factors that we know can increase a person’s chances of dementia. These include genetics, age, brain injuries and diminish cognitive stimulation, just to name a few. Now, scientists believe there is another risk factor to consider. According to recent studies, loss of hearing may be linked to dementia and indicate a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Rob Low, Community Relations Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, says, “Although conclusive evidence has yet to fully explain the link between hearing loss and dementia, the insight these studies have brought to the table reveal interesting warning signs for those with poor hearing. If further studies prove a direct relationship between a loss of hearing and Alzheimer’s