Lately, Chris has been somewhat forgetful. For the second month in a row, she forgot her doctor’s appointment and has to reschedule. And she even overlooked running the dishwasher before going to bed (I guess this morning she will need to handwash her coffee cup). Lately, she’s been allowing things slip through the cracks. Chris has been feeling mentally exhausted and drained all the time but, curiously, 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 may feel, the trouble isn’t really about memory. Your hearing is the actual problem. And that means you can significantly improve your memory by wearing one little device.
How to Enhance Your Memory And Overall Cognitive Function
So, step one to improving your memory, and getting everyone’s name right at your next meeting or to make sure you schedule that day off for your dentist appointment, is to get your hearing checked. A hearing screening will be able to determine if you have hearing loss and how severe any impairment may be.
Chris hesitates, though, because she hasn’t observed any signs or symptoms of hearing loss. She doesn’t really have an issue hearing in a noisy room. And she’s never had a difficult time listening to any of her team members at work.
But just because her symptoms aren’t apparent doesn’t mean that they aren’t present. As a matter of fact, memory loss is often one of the very first detectable symptoms of hearing loss. And strain on the brain is the root cause. It works like this:
- Slowly and virtually imperceptibly, your hearing starts to fade.
- Your ears detect a lack of sound, however slight.
- The sounds that you can hear, need to be boosted and interpreted which makes your brain work extra hard.
- Everything feels normal, but it takes more work from your brain to make sense of the sounds.
That amount of continuous strain can be really difficult on your brain’s limited resources. So things such as memory and cognitive function get pushed to the back.
Dementia And Hearing Loss
When loss of memory is extreme, the result could be dementia. And there is a link between hearing loss and dementia, though what the specific cause-effect relationship is, remains rather uncertain. Still, those with untreated hearing loss, over time, have a higher risk for experiencing cognitive decline, which can begin as memory loss and ultimately (over the years) develop into more severe issues.
Keeping Fatigue in Check With Hearing Aids
This is why it’s essential to deal with your hearing loss. Noticeable improvement in cognitive function was noted in 97.3% of people with hearing loss who wore hearing aids for at least 18 months according to one study.
Similar results have been observed in a variety of other studies. It’s definitely helpful to wear hearing aids. Your overall cognitive function improves when your brain doesn’t have to work as hard to hear. Memory loss and problems with cognitive function can have numerous 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 usually temporary, it’s a sign of mental fatigue more than a fundamental change in the way your brain operates. But that can change if the underlying concerns remain neglected.
So if you’re recognizing some loss of memory, it can be an early sign of hearing loss. You should make an appointment with your hearing professional as soon as you detect these symptoms. Your memory will likely go back to normal when your underlying hearing issues are dealt with.
And your hearing will most likely get better as well. A hearing aid can help stem the decline in your hearing. These little devices, in this way, will enhance your total health not only your hearing.