Don't Make This Devastating Hearing Loss Mistake

When patients come in to talk about their health they typically want to address the BIG issues. The focus is often on heart health, blood sugar control, digestion problems, or pain.

I RARELY have someone complain to me about hearing loss.

There are many reasons for this. But one of the main ones is that hearing loss generally happens over a long span of time.

In fact, the loss often occurs so slowly that many folks don’t really notice it. They simply adjust by doing things like turning up the TV a bit more. And the people in their lives adjust too by talking a bit louder.

So in the end it just doesn’t seem like a big deal. (In fact, some of us even practice “selective hearing loss” whenever our spouse asks us to do chores.)

But let me assure you, losing hearing is no small thing. In fact, it can have a devastating impact on a specific part of your body.

A new study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that the amount of hearing loss someone experiences is linked to the amount of dementia that will have.

Folks with GREATER loss were more likely to develop more severe dementia.

Having moderate to severe hearing loss was linked to a stunning 61 percent increased chance of dementia. The link was reinforced by the fact that among the volunteers who used hearing aids there was LESS dementia.

In fact, people who used hearing aids were 32 percent less likely to have dementia.

These findings should concern ALL of us because as many as two-thirds of adults have some degree of hearing loss.

So, next time you’re at your doctor’s office go ahead and ask about testing your hearing. And if you DO have hearing loss get a hearing aid (you can always take it out when chore time rolls around).

Hearing aids can be pricey. If you’re having trouble affording them there are some options you can look into.

If you’re a veteran and have your healthcare covered by the Veterans Health Association your hearing aids may be covered. Contact your local VA Medical Center for more information.

If you’re insured by Medicaid some states may cover all or part of the cost of hearing aids. Contact your state’s Medicaid office for more information.

And if you’re insured by Medicare and have a supplemental insurance plan it’s possible that part or all of your hearing devices may be covered. Contact your insurance company directly for details.

And for all other folks, the Hearing Loss Association of America has some resources which could help you find partial or full coverage for hearing aids.

It’s also a good idea to get the wax cleaned from your ears every six months and protect your hearing and brain with the right nutrients including…

  • Coenzyme Q10 to help slow or reverse ear damage
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) for brain-cell support
  • Ginkgo biloba for brain health and microcirculation (small blood vessel) support in the ears

Ignoring hearing loss can have devastating and permanent consequences. Why not go ahead and make an appointment to have your hearing checked today?

P.S.  Two minute “Stay Sharp as a Tack” hack builds a barrier around your brain to PROTECT it from dementia. This trick couldn’t be ANY easier. CLICK HERE for the details.

Source:

“Hearing Loss and Dementia Prevalence in Older Adults in the US,” JAMA (2023). DOI: 10.1001/jama.2022.20954

Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Written By Dr. Scott Olson, ND

Nearly 25 years ago, failed mainstream medical treatments left Dr. Olson in constant pain – and his health in ruins. And that’s when he did something REVOLUTIONARY. He began his career in medicine – and dedicated his life to uncovering the true, underlying causes of disease.
Through his innovative medical practices in Tennessee and Colorado, Dr. Olson has helped cure countless seniors from across America of arthritis… heart disease… diabetes… and even cancer. All without risky prescription drugs or painful surgeries.

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