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Hearing loss, a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.
In this article we will explain how it is possible that hearing loss can become a risk factor for people with Alzheimer's disease. We will begin by describing what Alzheimer's disease is and conclude the article by looking at this possible link to people with hearing loss.
Alzheimer's disease affects more than 40 million people worldwide.
According to data from the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN), some 800,000 people in Spain currently suffer from it, making it the most common type of neurodegenerative dementia today.
Although it is common to read that no specific cause of the disease is yet known, evidence supports that there is no single origin, but rather a number of risk factors that may influence or precipitate its onset.
As we can see in this extract from a article:
The exact causes of Alzheimer's disease are not fully understood. But at a basic level, brain proteins cannot function normally, disrupting the work of brain neurons and triggering a series of toxic events. Neurons become damaged, lose contact with each other and eventually die.
In the same article they conclude that, for example, genetic, environmental and even lifestyle factors can cause these neurons to be affected over time. As we all know, untreated hearing loss changes everyday life.
Hearing loss and Alzheimer's are beginning to have a certain relationship, more on this below.
Hearing loss and Alzheimer's
A commission organised by the medical journal The Lancet estimated last year that modifying a dozen risk factors could prevent or delay 40% of dementias. Among the 12 variables were high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, social isolation, and hearing impairment.
In this regard, it should not be forgotten that sound has the power to stimulate the brain, so hearing loss can cause damage to health, especially in older people.
Therefore, according to the experts, the key to a better quality of life is to follow certain habits and of course in the early detection and intervention of any hearing loss.
Centro Auditivo Sontec are specialists in hearing health on the Costa del Sol, providing their clients with the best care and the latest technology. For this reason, we advise you to have an annual check-up. We offer a free in-depth hearing evaluation.