When Alzheimer’s Isn’t Alzheimer’s

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Data from many studies suggest that the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease
is on the rise. However, many of the symptoms associated with early
Alzheimer’s disease are the same as those associated with hearing loss.

According to a recent study led by Frank R. Lin, MD, PhD, of Johns
Hopkins Medical Institutions, the risk of dementia increased among
participants with at least a mild 25-decibel hearing loss. Participants with
more severe hearing loss were most likely to be diagnosed with dementia
– and even Alzheimer’s. The relationship between Alzheimer’s and hearing
loss should come as no surprise. After all, you can’t remember what
someone said if you didn’t hear them say it.

Several symptoms are common to both Alzheimer’s and untreated hearing
loss. These symptoms include depression, anxiety, feelings of isolation
and problems talking and understanding what is being said. In addition,
people with either Alzheimer’s or unidentified hearing loss may have
inappropriate responses to social cues, lower scores on tests of mental
function, attitudes of denial, defensiveness, or negativity, and increased
distrust of others’ motives, even those of family and friends. Individuals
with unidentified hearing loss may appear paranoid and excessively
concerned that others are talking about them.

According to Sreek Cherukuri, MD, a board-certified ear, nose and throat
physician based in Chicago, Ill., untreated hearing loss is a significant
quality-of-life issue. It can cause marital and family strain, lead to social
isolation, depression and anxiety. And the solution is so simple.

To help more people improve their lives by improving their hearing, Dr.
Cherukuri designed the MDHearingAid, a comfortable, cost-effective way
to improve hearing.

If you are concerned about a loved one who is experiencing any of the
symptoms mentioned above, talk to a doctor about testing for hearing loss.
In several studies, even patients with Alzheimer’s showed improved ability
to understand and communicate after they were fitted with hearing aids.
According to Dr. Cherukuri his mission is to remove cost as an obstacle for
the millions with hearing loss that cannot afford a custom hearing aid. For
more information about a safe, affordable way to improve hearing loss,
visit or call 800-873-0680.

Description: Alzheimer’s disease symptoms sometimes resemble the symptoms of hearing loss. If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, look for the most affordable hearing aid options.