Many people don’t realize that hearing loss and other conditions such as dementia go hand in hand, but studies have long provided evidence of accelerated brain shrinkage, earlier onset of cognitive decline, and more. Older adults with hearing loss may also experience:

  • Significantly reduced cognitive functioning 3.2 years before their normal-hearing peers
  • Thinking and memory problems at a 30 to 40 percent faster rate than their normal-hearing peers
  • A five-fold greater risk of developing dementia, which can significantly reduce quality of life
  • A 57% greater risk of deep depression, which can affect the ability to think

The good news is that a growing body of studies demonstrates the benefits of improved hearing — and those benefits can go well beyond communication. One investigation published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in 2018 found that age-related cognitive decline may slow as much as 75% with hearing aid use. More research points to hearing technology’s affirmative benefit to brain health. For example:

  • A study published in 2019 found that acoustic rehabilitation with hearing aids or cochlear implants may aid cognitive functioning in older adults with age-related hearing loss or presbycusis
  • A University of Maryland-led study published in 2018 found that hearing aids not only improve auditory ability in seniors but also may restore cognitive and neural function

Cognivue Cognitive Tests for Dementia

As new research continues to illuminate the relationship between hearing loss and dementia, we’ve invested in a new tool designed to screen for the early signs of cognitive decline. Cognivue is a sensitive, easy-to-use diagnostic tool designed to provide patients with cognition information they can bring to their health care provider.

 

Why Would You Want to be Tested by Cognivue?

Cognivue is a quick test lasting roughly five minutes or so, that screens:

  • Memory performance
  • Executive function
  • Reaction time
  • Processing speed

The Cognivue screening process will also test for a variety of other cognitive benchmarks, collecting data in order to provide you with a picture of your cognitive health. Cognivue is not designed to be the final word on your dementia risk; instead, the screening tool works as a kind of early warning system, bringing possible red flags to your attention as early as possible.

 

Cognitive Tests Screen for Early Warning Signs of Dementia

The Cognivue diagnostic will provide you with a cognitive health result that is independent of your hearing score. Health professionals can use both your hearing results and your Cognivue results to paint a more accurate picture of your current cognitive health. Based on your scores, Cognivue will provide you with advice concerning lifestyle changes that aim to improve your overall cognition. The screening will also provide you with a report and data set that you can bring to your health care provider in order to better discuss next steps for managing your cognitive risks.

 

In this way, Cognivue provides hearing specialists with a screening tool that can help them accurately measure cognition and, in some cases, detect early signs of dementia. Because of the link between dementia and hearing loss, the people that hearing specialists see are likely to be disproportionately predisposed to dementia risk, making Cognivue an essential step in a hearing checkup.

 

Protect Yourself from Dementia – Take a Cognitive Test

We can help you stay sharp and engaged with timely screenings and comprehensive solutions for your hearing needs. Schedule an evaluation with our caring team today.