Hearing and Vision Loss May Lead to Cognitive Decline
January 26, 2018
While there isn't a proven cause-and-effect relationship, studies show that a loss of hearing or vision may lead to a decline in cognitive abilities, particularly among seniors. Poor vision often goes undetected in older individuals, while hearing loss is prevalent among 72% of adults over the age of 70. Both conditions have been cited in various studies as contributing to dementia and other
The American Academy of Ophthalmologists recommends comprehensive eye exams for adults 40 to 54 years old every two to four years, while those ages 65 and older should get a full eye exam yearly, to detect correctable or treatable problems such as glaucoma, cataracts or age-related macular degeneration.
Similarly, the American Speech-Language Association recommends hearing tests be conducted once every 10 years up to age 50, and every three years thereafter. This is especially important because a loss in hearing is often not detected until it is well advanced.
For more information on the association between cognitive decline and sensory loss, click here. Take this test to determine whether you may be experiencing a loss of hearing.