Check your hearing for World Hearing Day 3 March
Written by engage on March 1, 2019
World Hearing Day
To commemorate World Hearing Day on Sunday 3 March Dementia Australia is reminding Australians to check their hearing to help identify and prevent hearing loss potentially reducing their risk of developing dementia.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said hearing health is related to brain heath, with age-related hearing loss a contributing factor to an increased risk of dementia.
“Medical research shows that a decline in memory and thinking capabilities occurs approximately 40 per cent faster in people with hearing loss than in those with perfect hearing,” Ms McCabe said.
“Researchers suggest a number of theories that could explain the link between hearing loss and dementia. These theories include a decline in mental abilities due partly to the social isolation experienced by those with hearing loss.
“While the link between hearing loss and dementia isn’t fully understood, we do know that the sooner hearing loss is detected and treated, the greater the positive impact of hearing interventions, and it may help lower the risk of dementia.
“Importantly, hearing loss alone is not an indicator that someone will develop dementia.”
Ms McCabe said lifestyle factors such as a healthy diet, mental and physical exercise and keeping socially active may reduce the risk of developing dementia, as well as undertaking preventative health management of hearing loss.
“In the lead up to World Hearing Day 2019, I encourage people at risk of hearing loss, especially adults over 60 years, and those experiencing hearing problems, to get their hearing checked and potentially help reduce their risk of developing dementia.”
For more information about hearing loss and dementia click here [PDF]
Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 436,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach almost 1.1 million by 2058. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.
National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500
Interpreter service available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative) Dementia is a National Health Priority Area