Here is 5 ways hearing loss may affect your memory.

As you get older people consider hearing loss and cognitive impairment as normal. However, hearing loss and cognitive impairment may be an indication of the start of Alzheimer’s. Your hearing is an important role in keeping your brain and memory sharp.

Here are a few hearing loss related complications.

1. Stress

People with hearing loss usually avoid social gatherings, making them feel isolated. This will lead to emotional and stress disorders.

2. Cognitive Impairment

With nerve-type or sensorineural hearing loss, the inner ear sensory cells and/or the auditory nerve responsible for sending incoming signals to the brain are impaired. The signals are distorted. This is why people with hearing loss cannot understand what people are saying.

3. Loneliness and Isolation

Because of hearing loss, prolonged isolation can lead to depression and changes in your brain. When you distance yourself this may cause shrinkage in your brain cells. With the reduction of brain mass this may put you at a risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Depression

People with hearing loss find communication difficult, which may lead to stress, social isolation and depression. Also depression is linked to memory problems such as confusion and difficulty thinking.

5. Anxiety

The ability to hear is important in helping you understand your surroundings. You may experience a sense of uneasiness when you cannot hear a phone, emergency call for help or someone approaching you.

The sooner you get your hearing loss treated with hearing aids, the better it will be for your brain and memory.