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* Hearling Loss
Compared with individuals with normal hearing, people with hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia. There are three main theories for how hearing loss may contribute to cognitive decline and dementia.
1. The first is "cognitive load." If the brain is constantly coping with degraded sounds, its resources are dedicated to processing those sounds, to the detriment of other processes like memory and thinking.
2. The second theory involves brain atrophy. Hearing impairment may directly contribute to accelerated rates of atrophy in parts of the brain that process sound. Those parts of the brain don't work in isolation, according to Dr. Frank Lin; they "also play roles in memory and sensory integration and have been shown to be involved in the early stages of mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease."
3. The third explanation is social isolation. People who have a hard time hearing often withdraw because it's so difficult to communicate with others. Numerous studies have found that a loss of engagement and loneliness are risk factors for cognitive decline.
4. And though millions could benefit from hearing aids, few of us use them; among adults 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in three (30 percent) use them. Even fewer adults age 20 to 69 (about 16 percent) who could benefit from hearing aids use them.
Tips On Hearing Aid Usage:
- Don’t get discouraged if they feel funny at first.
- At first, only wear them for a few hours a day.
- Start out in a quiet room.
- Don’t play with the volume too much.
- Practice talking to people in groups.
- Ask your friends or family to set the television to a “normal” volume.
- Watch with captions or subtitles.
- Listen to a book’s audio recording while you read.
- Read aloud to yourself.
- Close your eyes and do some listening exercises.
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The 4th of July ~FamilyFriendPoems
As the fireworks
Burst around in
Circles and all the
Different designs, the
Evening gets longer. So cheers
For all the
Good times we've
I wouldn't trade them for anything. It's
Just so bitter sweet.
Kids having the time of their lives,
Lost in time.
Memories in the making.
Noises of the summer.
Overwhelming excitement in the air.
Patriotism, the red, white, and blue.
Quick little moments fly by.
Relatives and friends having a blast.
Smells of good ole homemade cooking. Just some
Toasting and traditions along the way.
Unbelievable love and sacrifice.
Visioning every night like this one.
Water balloons flying in the air.
eXpectations of the night, blown away.
Yelling and singing every word to every song.
Zoned in on honor and enjoying life on the 4th of July.
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