Dementia Warning – why you should never ignore this symptom in your ears.
DEMENTIA symptoms include memory loss, difficulty concentrating, mood changes, and confusion. But, you could also be at risk of Alzheimer’s disease if you have this sign in your ears – are you at risk?
Dementia is the name given to a group of symptoms linked to an ongoing decline in brain function. About 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common type. Alzheimer’s symptoms include poor judgement, becoming less flexible, and struggling to find the right words. But, you could also be at risk of Alzheimer’s disease if you develop hearing loss, it’s been claimed. People with hearing loss are 24 per cent more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have claimed. The worse the hearing loss is, the higher the risk of developing the brain condition. It’s crucial that people get their ears checked at least once a year to check for early signs of hearing loss, according to Hearing Aid Audiologist, Mike Scott.
“Spotting the condition early could help to prevent future problems” he told Express.co.uk. “I would get my ears checked once a year or so – maybe more if possible – to check for wax, infections, lumps and bumps,” said Scott, from hearing aid company Hearing Aid Solutions, in Carmarthen, Wales. “If you suspect a build up of wax, and you leave it unchecked, you leave yourself prone to ear infections due to lack of airflow, and obviously you will have hearing loss from the blockage”.
“Getting your hearing checked is also very important. We want people to treat their ears the same as their eyes. The difference between loss of sight and loss of hearing is that loss of sight is noticeable. You can literally see that you are not seeing something, right? Hearing loss is different. If you didn’t hear something, how were you supposed to know that?”
The exact link between hearing loss and Alzheimer’s isn’t entirely understood. But, it could be caused by a change in brain function, scientists have revealed. When the part of the brain that deals with hearing becomes strained, it may change the way the brain is structured – which may also be related to Alzheimer’s disease, they said. The risk of Alzheimer’s disease increases as patients get older, said the NHS. You’re also more likely to develop the brain condition if you have a family history of the condition, or if you have untreated depression. It’s a progressive condition, so the symptoms gradually get worse over time. Early signs of the dementia are usually minor memory problems. But, over time, patients may develop hallucinations, personality changes, or problems moving around.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the signs of Alzheimer’s disease, or an audiologist if you’re concerned about hearing loss.
Click here for the full article in the Daily Express https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1015506/dementia-symptoms-alzheimers-ears-hearing-loss-signs